RICHMOND — Former Daily Press sports reporter Al Pearce was honored by the House of Delegates and the Senate Monday for being named to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Pearce, who covered NASCAR for the Daily Press from 1969 until he retired in 2004, said he was "humbled" by the honor, but felt unworthy compared to his fellow inductees.
"I'm not an athlete, I'm just a journalist," Pearce said. "I know there's a media representative for the Hall of Fame every now and then, but I figured I just covered stock cars. I didn't think anyone paid attention, but I guess they did."
Pearce said when he started covering stock car racing in 1969, very few newspapers in Virginia were covering the sport, but by the time he retired many of the state's papers had dedicated NASCAR reporters.
"Back then I was one of the few guys who went to every race," Pearce said.
Pearce will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth Saturday, April 28.
Pearce's fellow inductees for 2012 include former Green Bay Packer Antonio Freeman, former San Antonio Spur Gerald Henderson, former NASCAR driver Ray Hendrick, former Houston Astro Billy Wagner, former women's basketball coach for the University of Virginia Debbie Ryan and former NBA referee and Newport News native Jess Kersey.Copyright © 2015, CT Now