Toughness, tenacity, talent led to Stokley’s unique notification

Jun 21, 2018 | by Dan McDonald, Town Talk

Hundreds of athletes and prominent sports figures have been enshrined in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in its 60 years of existence.

None of them found out about their upcoming induction in the manner than Brandon Stokley did. But that shouldn’t be a surprise; normal and typical have never been terms associated with one of the top receivers in Louisiana history.

That word on his 2018 induction came last September while Stokley was on-air, taking care of normal business on his weekday radio show on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan along with co-host Zach Bye. It was after two hours of the normal noon to 3 p.m. broadcast that Stokley’s former coach and long-time friend Gerald Broussard walked into the studio, grabbed a microphone and told Stokley that his next on-air call was going to be a little different.

That call came from Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland, informing Stokley of his selection by the 30-member Hall of Fame committee. Two other Lafayette-based committee members followed up with on-air chats, and the next hour was filled with calls from colleagues such as college teammate and fellow NFL veteran and Hall of Famer Jake Delhomme, fellow 2018 inductee Reggie Wayne, and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning among others.

“I didn’t quite know what was happening for a while,” Stokley said. “It kind of came out of the blue. It wasn’t anything I ever expected.”

Wife Lana also walked into the studio that day with sons Carson and Cameron, and she had also arranged for Stokley’s beloved grandfather, Causby Hamic, to be a part of the celebration by phone from his Crowley home. The radio station then honored Stokley with a reception after he wrapped up one of his most memorable shows — one that is still available on YouTube.

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