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E.J. Henderson leads 2016 University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame class

Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson makes a diving tackle against North Carolina State in College Park on Nov. 9, 2002.
Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson makes a diving tackle against North Carolina State in College Park on Nov. 9, 2002. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

Former Maryland football star E.J. Henderson, who played a major role in the Terps' brief period as an ACC power when Ralph Friedgen took over as the team's head coach beginning with the 2001 season, will be among nine former athletes inducted into the school's athletics Hall of Fame.

Henderson, the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and the Chuck Bednarik Award winner as the nation's top defensive player in 2002, will be joined by Al Bunge (men's basketball), Curt Callahan (wrestler and wrestling coach), Robert Ott (men's lacrosse), Marcia Richardson (women's basketball), Kelly Shipman (softball), Ron Squiers (diving), Marita Walton (track and field) and Kay Ruffino Ward (field hockey and lacrosse).

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A reception and dinner in their honor will be held Oct. 21 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $95 each or $900 for tables of 10. Tickets can be purchased through the M Club at 301-314-9289.

"It is with great pleasure that we congratulate and welcome this outstanding class of inductees and their families to the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. "This is always a special time to reconnect with many of our distinguished alumni recognizing their academic and athletic achievements."

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