Somerset resident Don Soberdash was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony and banquet held Saturday night at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.
The 2013 class featured eight individuals and three teams. Soberdash represented the decade of the 1950s.
"I think it's a real good thing for me and I appreciate it very much," Soberdash said of the honor.
"He was a tremendous player," said George Von Benko, executive co-chairman and co-founder of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. "Don is just one of the many forgotten gems from Fayette County."
Soberdash, a native of Fayette County, graduated from Dunbar High School in 1955, where he was a star running back and a member of the track and baseball teams.
He played football as a freshman on the junior varsity and by his junior year made the first team. As a senior, Soberdash served as team captain and helped lead the Dunbar squad to a 9-1 record. He was the leading scorer in Fayette County in 1955.
After high school, Soberdash went on to play big-time college football. He started his collegiate career at Maryland. He captained the undefeated "Baby Terps" freshman squad in 1955. He then transferred to the University of Georgia.
"I went to Maryland one year," Soberdash said. "They were de-emphasizing football at Maryland and I thought it was time to make a move."
After sitting out the 1956 season, he split time at right halfback with future NFL star Jimmy Orr in 1957. Soberdash got the job for himself in 1958 and the leadership qualities he exhibited allowed him to be named captain of the 1959 Georgia squad.
While at Georgia, Soberdash played for the legendary coach Wally Butts. He played on some outstanding Bulldogs teams, including the 1959 SEC championship team that went 9-1 and defeated Missouri 14-0 in the Orange Bowl.