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It has been more than 40 years since Bruce Maxwell took the field for the University of Arkansas football team, but his performance has still left an impact.

On Friday, it was announced that Maxwell, a Pine Bluff native, will be inducted in to the UA Hall of Honor on Friday, Aug. 31. The Pine Bluff Commercial was unable to reach Maxwell for a comment.

Maxwell played for the Pine Bluff High School football and basketball teams. Cleveland County Schools superintendent Johnny Johnson who played for rival Watson Chapel, said it was good to see Maxwell, who is now a friend of is, get inducted into the UA Hall of Honor.

“He is as good of a fullback that ever played at the University,” he said. “Glad to see him nominated and felt he needed to be recognized.”

Johnson said that Maxwell currently lives in Pine Bluff. Maxwell played for the Razorbacks from 1966-69 and was named to the UA All-Decade team for the 1960s.

During his career, Maxwell had 1,558 all-purpose yards with 10 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,260 yards and six touchdowns and caught 31 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns.

Maxwell’s biggest moment came in his last game as a Razorback. In the 1970 Sugar Bowl against Ole Miss, he racked up 245 all-purpose yards in a 27-22 loss. At the time, that ranked as the second-most in Razorback history. It still ranks eighth on the all-time list.

Maxwell was a 10th-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in the 1970 NFL Draft. He appeared in 11 games for the Lions as a rookie, which was his only year in the NFL. He had one rushing attempt for nine yards and returned one kick for 20 yards.

Also to be inducted are Dollarway graduate Andrew Lang (basketball) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive line coach Dennis Winston.