Decatur legend Dante Ridgeway gets call to Hall

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MacArthur graduate Dante Ridgeway now coaches the General defensive backs. In fact, he posted 24 interceptions in four years under head coach Cordell Ingram. MacArthur graduate Dante Ridgeway now coaches the General defensive backs. In fact, he posted 24 interceptions in four years under head coach Cordell Ingram.

DECATUR -- If you played defensive back in the Big 12 high school conference from 1998-2001 or in the MAC from 2002-2004, you got burned by Dante Ridgeway. That was the law.

The MacArthur superstar took Decatur and Central Illinois by storm in his prep career and then did the same at the college level, leading the nation with 105 catches and 1,399 yards by his junior season at Ball State. His 105 catches in that 2004 season are a MAC record, while his 238 career catches for 3,030 yards (12.7 avg) and 22 touchdowns are all Ball State school records, despite the fact he played just three seasons in Muncie.

This weekend, that career was given further permanence as Ridgeway was inducted into the Ball State Hall of Fame.

"It was a great experience," he said, "So honored to be there. Such a great honor."

But Ridgeway choose to deflect attention to those in the Decatur community who helped him get there. To hear who made a significant impact on Ridgeway when he was in a General uniform, click the video.

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