Hall of Fame Inductee - Curtis Lovelace
Curt Lovelace is the consummate example of success through hard work and
determination. An outstanding three sport athlete during the mid
1980's, Lovelace earned a total of six varsity letters for his work in
track, wrestling and football. After graduating from Quincy High in 1986
he attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship and
while wearing the orange and blue, really came into his own. Lovelace
took over the starting center position for the Fighting Illini as a
sophomore. During his junior and senior seasons, Lovelace was selected
as the starting center on the All Big Ten Team. Good things continued to
happen for Lovelace during his senior season. He was chosen as the
Illini team captain and had the opportunity to participate in the
All-American Bowl, the Citrus Bowl and Hall of Fame Bowl. In addition to
his athletic accomplishments, Lovelace won a number of awards for
academic excellence. Those include the George Huff Scholar-Athlete
Award, the Toyota Leadership Award, two Honda Scholar-Athlete Awards and
Academic All-American Honors. In 1990, Curt Lovelace was chosen as one
of eight seniors in the country to earn the National Football Foundation
and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award the highest honor The Foundation
bestows on college football players. Lovelace earned a bachelors degree
in business administration in 1990 and returned to earn his Juris
Doctorate in 1994. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year.
Curt, his wife Cory, and daughter, Lyndsay, now live in Quincy.
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