Peery & Pingle Inducted to SLIAC Hall of Fame
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Former Westminster College football greats Justin Peery and Scott Pingel will be inducted into the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Saturday, January 31, in Fulton. The Hall of Fame plaques will be presented by SLIAC Commissioner Will Wolper during a ceremony at halftime of the Westminster College/Blackburn College men’s basketball game at approximately 3:45 p.m. and a reception will be held following the game at Arris’ Pizza in Fulton.
Peery began setting records in his first start at quarterback as a freshman in 1996 and never looked back, throwing for an NCAA-Division III career record 13,262 yards and an all-division record 148 touchdowns. Peery was a four-time all-league performer and he earned All-American honors in 1998 and 1999. His #14 jersey is retired.
Pingel arrived at Westminster College in 1996. In four years he owned the NCAA all-division career records for receptions (436), receiving yards (6,108) and touchdown catches (75). A four-time all-conference performer, he earned All-American honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. A CoSida Academic All-American in 1999, Pingel also was named the 1999 Melberger Award winner as the NCAA Division III National Football Player of the Year. His #10 jersey is also retired.
During their four-year careers, Peery and Pingel helped the Blue Jays put together four winning seasons and compile a 28-11 record. During that span, the two hooked up for 68 touchdowns and rewrote the Westminster, SLIAC and NCAA passing and receiving records.