Dino Hackett, who was an All-America linebacker at Appalachian State University and with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League, was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night. Hackett played a number of sports at Southern Guilford High School, but
football turned out to be his calling. He went to ASU and played four years, gaining accolades for his play at linebacker. He was named first team All-America in 1985, when he made more than 200 tackles. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and played eight seasons in the NFL. He led the Chiefs in tackles five times and made the Pro Bowl in 1988.
Hackett, who played with Kansas City for seven years (1986-1992) and with the Seattle Seahawks for one season (1993) was also ASU's highest drafted player before the St. Louis Rams selected wide receiver Brian Quick with the first pick (33rd overall) in the second round of the NFL Draft in April. Hackett was taken by the Chiefs with the 35th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft in 1986.
Hackett, who had his No.38 jersery retired by the Mountaineers, was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame on September 9, 1995. And he closed out his collegiate career in style. In his final game against East Tennessee State, Hackett set a school single-game record with 27 total tackles. He also blocked two punts, recovered two fumbles, nabbed an interception. He played in 88 career games in the NFL – starting 82 – and all but three games were with KC. Named to 1988 Pro Bowl, but didn’t play due to injury.
He made 140 tackles as a rookie, and 103 the next season (both team highs), on the way to 625 for his KC career. He also recorded 9 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.
In all, there were ten new members inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. Among those were former North Carolina State/St. Louis Rams wide recevier Torry Holt, who starred at Eastern Guilford High; and sportscaster Rich Brenner, as sports anchor for 21 years at WGHP-8 in High Point, for which he received numerous awards, and a well-recognized figure in the region for many years. Brenner, a community volunteer and mentor. who passed away in February of this year.
Also included in the Class of 2012, was Greensboro Page soccer coach Zach Osborne, who coached and mentored former Watauga High men's and women's soccer coach Doug Kidd, who is now the men's and women's soccer coach at Swansboro High.
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