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McGee, Tim

Tim McGee

Induction Year : 2008

Sport: Football

An Alumni Wall of Fame has been established within the halls of the beautifully renovated John Hay High School located at the edge of Cleveland’s University Circle. A check of the internet for a list of those honored reveals the surprising fact there is no one listed. Perhaps the Wall is just too new a feature. Or perhaps the keepers of the Wall do not recognize the alum who the school has listed in its records as Timothy Dwayne Hatchett when he was starring for the school’s football team in 1980 and 1981 before moving on to the University of Tennessee had blossomed into national stardom as Timothy Dwayne Hatchett McGee. That would be the Tim McGee who left Tennessee in 1985 as UT’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with a first team slot on the College Football All-American Team, the same Tim McGee who was selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and became a major contributor there for eight seasons, leading the league in kickoff returns as a rookie, helping them to a Super Bowl championship in 1988 and enjoying his best personal season in 1989 with 65 receptions for 1,211 yards and eight touchdowns before joining the Washington Redskins for one season in 1993, then returning to Cincinnati for a final season before retiring. The strong candidate for the John Hay Alumni Wall of Fame now lives in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason and is the head basketball coach at Ursuline Academy.