Lufkin Pro Day honors two East Texas professional athletes

Two professional standout athletes will be honored during this year's Lufkin Pro Day ceremonies.

Pro Day Group will honor the late T.J. Turner who graduated from Lufkin High School in 1981 and went on to play football for the University of Houston and the Miami Dolphins.

Also being honored is basketball stand-out J.J. Montgomery who graduated from Lufkin High School in 2001. Montgomery played for basketball at Angelina College, Arkansas State and now plays in the European League for the Nitra, Slovakia.

July 8-9, 2011 has been designated Lufkin Professional Athletic Hall of Fame Day with a special recognition program to be held in the Education Building at Ellen Trout Zoo Friday evening. Saturday's event will again be held at Jones Park.

Proposed by Lufkin City Councilman Robert Shankle and working with a committee representing a cross-section of the community, the group plans for this to become an annual event to honor graduates from Angelina County schools who have gone on to distinguish themselves, and thus our community, on the professional playing field, while at the same time maintaining a standard of excellence on the playing field of life.