After standout careers at Westminster High School and University of Delaware, Jim Stull has never stopped being around one thing he loves — football.
"I love football," Stull said. "It's a huge part of me, I've been doing it for a very long time."
And he still is.
Stull played two years of professional football around the world and has coached around the area for more than a decade. On Friday, Stull's accomplishments will be honored as he is one of six people being inducted Friday night at Carroll Community College as this year's class in the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.
It started for Stull at Westminster, where he was an offensive lineman and defensive lineman. He graduated in 1995.
"I had a mediocre high school career playing, I had a lot of fun," Stull said. "My biggest takeaway from playing there is a lot of the friends that I do play with, I still talk to and I still get together with."
Stull walked on at Delaware, but he soon earned a full scholarship as an offensive tackle for the Blue Hens. Not only that, Stull also became quite a contributor.
He started three seasons for Delaware. In his senior year in 1999, he earned TeamLink.com third team All-American honor and was an All-ECAC East first team and All-Atlantic 10 first team selection. He was also selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, and won the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Robert C. Peoples Outstanding Senior Lineman Award.
From there, Stull went everywhere playing football.
He signed with Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. After getting released, he played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Next, he went to the XFL to play for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen.
As the XFL began to fail, Stull left for NFL Europe to play for the Scottish Claymores in 2001. He again signed as an NFL free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, but following a release he went back to NFL Europe to play for the Amsterdam Admirals in 2002.
"You're a professional athlete, your job is playing football. It was pretty fun," Stull said. "It wasn't the same kind of dynamic as playing in college. Playing football in college was my best playing experience. But playing the two years here and there of professional football, it was fun, it was a great experience."
Stull moved back to Carroll County in the summer of 2002. He began teaching and coaching at North Carroll that fall, where he would stay until 2006. He spent a year coaching at Gettysburg College in 2007, before returning to NC for another season in 2008.
Stull returned home to Westminster in 2009, where he still coaches today. He has spent the past seven seasons on the Owls' staff, which has included three county championships and a Class 4A North Region title in 2012. He now coaches under Matt Study, his former teammate at Westminster.
"When the opportunity presented itself for me to go coach at Westminster, it was a welcome opportunity," Stull said. "I want them to get the same good experiences that I got. And I hope that they do."
Stull will have a large contingent Friday at Carroll Community College for the Hall of Fame induction. That includes his wife, his children, his parents, his in-laws, Study and his wife, and Westminster athletic director Terry Molloy and his wife.
"I don't want to seem too flashy about it, I don't want to seem too important," Stull said. "I try to stay humble, but it is pretty neat."
If you go
What: Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony
Where: Carroll Community College
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
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Note: Tickets are available for $40, call 410-259-0871 or 443-398-0139 for information.