Watts, Howard inducted into All Sports Hall of Fame

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Betty Howard, left, and Edwin Watts, right, shakes hands during a ceremony inducting them into the All Sports Association's Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

NICK TOMECEK / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH—Standing at the podium during Wednesday afternoon’s All Sports Association Hall of Fame Luncheon, Edwin Watts, one of two inductees in the 2013 class, couldn’t suppress a smile.

“I will cherish this honor for the rest of my life,” said Watts. “I will cherish it because I’m looking out at a room full of friends, and when something comes from friends, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

With that, Watts summed up a day filled with smiles, a day when the All Sports Association kicked off a week’s worth of festivities centered around its 44th annual banquet and acknowledged its two newest hall of fame members.

In addition to Watts, former Laurel Hill coaching legend Betty Howard was also inducted at Wednesday’s ceremony, which was held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

The luncheon served as the kickoff leading up to the association’s annual banquet, which will take place Friday night at the convention center. NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is this year’s keynote speaker.

At Wednesday’s event, both Howard and Watts shared similar messages of gratitude to the assembled members of the All Sports Association.

“Thanks to the hard work of all the players and everyone involved, we really built something special at Laurel Hill School,” said Howard. “This award is for every person at Laurel Hill. It’s for everyone that ever came to a game, everyone that rode up the roads with us, for every player that ever went through a practice or played a game.

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