‘God bless the Garden State’: Manning, Stringer, Amos among 27 legends joining New Jersey Hall of Fame
The annual New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held Sunday night, and 27 legends from the state now have new titles on their resumes.
The ceremony was held at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park the past few years, but this year, it was virtual.
This year's inductees in five categories included:
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who's from Bayonne.
“In my career, I hope I have contributed back a fraction of what I took from my childhood in New Jersey,” says Dempsey. “Thank you and God bless the Garden State."
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, of the New York Giants.
“Playing quarterback for the Giants these past 16 years has been a true joy and a privilege, and living in New Jersey and raising my family here has been the same,” says Manning.
Basketball Hall of Famer, C. Vivian Stringer, coach of the Rutgers women's basketball team.
A couple of legendary actors, Newark native John Amos and Ed Harris, from Tenafly.
“New Jersey is a melting pot of diversity and opportunity,” says Amos. “It is that unique foundation that helped me to reach above and beyond my dreams. It's that strong sense of character that reaches from the schools and teachers to the neighborhoods and the culture that creates a united sense of community, making me proud to say I’m a native of the Garden State."
Singer and Newark native Cissy Houston.
New Jersey native Jason Alexander hosted the event.
“It is my pleasure to be host of the 12th annual New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” says Alexander. “The organization had wanted Danny DeVito to host, but he wasn't available. So, they went to the next short bald guy that they could think of, hence, me."
The virtual event also included a big 'thank you' to frontline workers, including doctors and nurses for their work during the pandemic.