Winston, Lang elected to Hall of Honor


By Justin Rust

Of the Commercial Staff

Two former Razorbacks with ties to Pine Bluff will be inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor.

Former Arkansas linebacker and current Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive line coach Dennis Winston and former Arkansas basketball player and Pine Bluff native Andrew Lang are two of the 10 former Razorbacks who were selected for the Hall of Honor, it was announced on Friday.

All 10 were elected in a vote by former UA letterwinners in conjunction with the A Club. The official induction is Aug. 31 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale.

Winston and Lang each went on to play professionally in their sport. Winston was drafted in fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1977, and Lang was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the fifth pick in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft.

Winston, 56, is from Marianna and has been the defensively line coach for UAPB for the past three seasons. He found out a week ago there was the possibility he could be a part of the Hall of Honor.

“I was kind of glad because it was about time and I think people recognized that it was time that I go in,” Winston said. “I thank God for giving me the opportunity and wish my mom and dad would be there, because without them, none of this would be possible.”

Winston, who was a linebacker, was a lettereman for Arkansas from 1973-76. He was named to the Arkansas all-decade team for the 70’s and was selected to the UA All-Century Team in 1994, so the Hall of Honor was the next rung on the ladder for him to climb.

“They look at everything and there had to be something else,” Winston said. “Now I have made the Hall of Honor, which is really an honor, and you are representing the school and a lot of teammates you played with.”

As a senior, Winston led the Razorbacks with 13 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. He recorded more than 200 tackles during his career at Arkansas, including a team-high 97 in 1974.

Winston helped the Razorbacks to the 1976 Cotton Bowl win over Georgia and was named the national Defensive Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated after a 19-tackle game over No. 5 Southern California in 1974.

Winston played 11 seasons with the Steelers and the New Orleans Saints and appeared in 143 games in the NFL. He was a part of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XIII and XIV wins and is one of six former Razorbacks to play in multiple Super Bowls.

“I’ve actually got eight championship rings along with the Cotton Bowl ring, three MAC championships, a national championship ring with Grambling, a Grey Cup ring and two Super Bowl rings,” Winston said. “It’s a bit of bling, but I need two more championships so I can go ahead and put them on all 10 fingers.”

Lang played for Dollarway High School before becoming a three-year starter for the Razorbacks and a key member of two NCAA Tournament teams.

Lang ended his college career wit h 690 rebounds, 252 blocks and 838 points. He is No. 6 on Arkansas’ career rebounding list and No. 3 all-time in blocks.

Lang played in the NBA from 1988-2000 with the Suns, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Atlanta Hawks, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks.

The Commercial was unable to get in contact with Lang.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. For more information, call 479-443-9000.