Mississippi State announces newest 'Ring of Honor' inductees
Two former Mississippi State players, Art Davis and Walt Harris, are set to be inducted into the Bulldogs’ “Ring of Honor,” according to a release from Mississippi State’s athletic department.
The ceremony is set to take place on Nov. 17, when the Bulldogs take on Arkansas in Starkville, and Harris and Davis will be the eighth and ninth inductions, respectively.
Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen was quick to note the impact of both former Bulldogs.
“Walt Harris and Art Davis are two of the greatest Bulldogs of all-time,” Cohen said. “Walt distinguished himself as one of the best cornerbacks in SEC history, while Art was a dynamic player who was ahead of his time. We are excited to honor these MSU Hall of Famers later this season.”
During his career at Mississippi State, Harris started 24 straight games from 1992-1995. He also notched the school record for interceptions with 16 in his Bulldog career.
During his sophomore year, Harris also earned second-team-All-SEC honors. After compiling more successes his junior and senior years, the Georgia native was taken 13th overall by the Chicago Bears in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Davis, meanwhile, served as a two-way player from 1952-1955. He played halfback and defensive back, amassing 1,148 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns during his time in Starkville.
In 1956, Davis was taken fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his NFL career was shortened after a knee injury. He was later inducted into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame before joining Harris in MSU’s “Ring of Honor.”