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Kansas State will add Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Darren Sproles and Clarence Scott to Ring of Honor

Kansas State running back Darren Sproles waves farewell to fans as he leaves the field following his final home game in 2004.
Kansas State running back Darren Sproles waves farewell to fans as he leaves the field following his final home game in 2004. AP

The newest class of Kansas State’s football Ring of Honor members is a star-studded group.

Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Clarence Scott and Darren Sproles will have their names permanently affixed to Snyder Family Stadium during a halftime ceremony at the Wildcats’ season opener against South Dakota on Sept. 5, the university announced Thursday. The Ring of Honor currently has 10 members.

Bishop, Nelson and Sproles are among the best players to suit up for Snyder.

Bishop, a former quarterback, guided the Wildcats to their first No. 1 ranking as a senior in 1998. He played two seasons for K-State after transferring in from junior college, going 22-3 as a starter. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and Davey O’Brien Award winner as a senior. The New England Patriots drafted Bishop in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

Nelson came to K-State as a walk-on defensive back, but matured into one of the top receivers in the NFL. As a senior, Nelson was a consensus All-American, setting single-season records for receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,606). He is now a starting receiver for the Green Bay Packers.

Scott, a defensive back from 1968-70, played in the first game at Snyder Family Stadium. As a senior, he earned First Team All-America honors from Sporting News and Look Magazine. He was also an all-conference player in the Big Eight. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL.

Sproles, a former running back, led the Wildcats to a Big 12 championship in 2003 on his way to a fifth place Heisman finish. He still holds the school’s career rushing with 4,979 yards and is still playing in the NFL.

K-State’s inaugural Ring of Honor class, which was honored in 2002, included Lynn Dickey, Steve Grogan, Jaime Mendez, Sean Snyder, Gary Spani and Veryl Switzer, while David Allen, Martin Gramatica, Terence Newman and Mark Simoneau were added in 2008.

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