Acie Earl and Bret Bielema Inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of FamePosted: May 4, 2011
Founded in 1987 by the Quad City Times newspaper, the Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor the best local athletes from the past and present.
New members are determined by a panel of voters which include media, sports officials, and current Hall of Fame members. With the addition of the 2011 class, the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame is now composed of 81 honorees.
A star basketball player at Moline High School, Earl played his college ball at Iowa where he became the Hawkeyes second All-Time leading scorer (1,779 points) and the 1992 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was the 19th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft and spent four years in the NBA with Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee.
Bielema played high school football at Prophetstown (Ill.) and eventually became a four-year letterwinner and a captain on the Hawkeye football team. He went on to become a successful collegiate assistant coach and currently serves as head coach at the University of Wisconsin.