Western Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame
Leroy Jackson,1982 - Leroy was one of the fastest men ever to wear a Leatherneck football uniform. He was an All-American in football and track and field. He was the number one draft choice of the Washington Redskins in 1961.
Steve Jeffers,2005 - The Leathernecks all-time hits leader for 10 seasons, Steve Jeffers compiled one of the most successful all-around baseball career in school history before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986.
From 1983 to 1986, Jeffers collected 181 base hits - a school record that stood for 10 years and still ranks among the top three marks in Western’s record book. He also ended his all-conference career with school records of 152 runs and 14 triples, setting single-season records along the way of six triples in both 1984 and 1985 and 46 runs in 1985. Each of those marks, along with his 95 career runs batted in, 67 career stolen bases and 85 career bases on balls appear in Leatherneck top-ten lists.
Jeffers was an all-around player, seeing time at left field, second base and shortstop, and appearing in all 150 of the team’s games during his career. He helped the Leathernecks to an 88-58-4 record under head coach Dick Pawlow, including a 28-8 record in 1984, which still ranks as the highest winning percentage (.778) in school history. As a junior, Jeffers batted a career-best .412 and recorded a fielding percentage of .992. As a senior, he was named the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament MVP.
Jeffers spent two years as an infielder in the Cardinals’ organization, then, as a second baseman, led the 1987 New York-Penn League with 217 assists and a fielding percentage of .985. He has been employed at Martin Engineering for the past 15 years.
Jim Johnson,1985 - Jim played football, basketball, and baseball from 1964 to 1966, and received the Rock Hanson Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Athletics" in 1966.
Frank Jones,1974 - Frank won eight varsity letters at WIU. He was co-captain of the basketball team, was voted Most Valuable track athlete, and was captain of the baseball team.
Arthur Justus (deceased),1976 - A 1932 All-State football player for the Leathernecks, Art also excelled in basketball and track and field.