DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke standout wide receiver Wes Chesson will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May, announced on Tuesday by the organization.
Chesson, a native of Edenton, N.C., lettered three seasons as a member of Duke’s football team, starring as both a wide receiver and punter. In 30 career games from 1968-70, he caught 164 passes for 2,399 yards and 10 touchdowns while punting 153 times for 5,553 yards and a 36.29 yards per kick average.
As a senior in 1970, Chesson established ACC single-season records for both pass receptions (74) and receiving yardage (1,080) en route to earning first team All-ACC and honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press. The 74 catches stood as a school single-season record for 42 years until both Conner Vernon (85) and Jamison Crowder (76) eclipsed the standard during the 2012 campaign.
Enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, Chesson, who will be forever remembered for his 53-yard touchdown run on the “Shoestring Play” in Duke’s 17-13 triumph over North Carolina in 1969, was a seventh round choice of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1971 NFL Draft and played four seasons of professional football. He also was a member of the Duke Radio Network as the analyst for Blue Devil football games from 1982-2016.
Chesson is joined in the 15-member North Carolina Hall of Fame induction class by Donna Andrews, Scott Bankhead, Hal “Skinny” Brown, Chris Cammack, Joey Cheek, Laura DuPont, Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick, Bill Hayes, Jack Holley, Paul Jones, Mike Martin, Frank “Jakie” May, Joe West and Fred Whitfield.
The 55th annual North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet is scheduled for Friday, May 4, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Ticket information is available at ncsportshalloffame.org.