The football sits on a bookcase in the Westgate Softball Complex office of Rhonda Kirk, serving as a visual reminder of the last time she officiated a game.
The date was November 19, 2010 and the football game in Mobile pitted Stanhope Elmore against Davidson in the third round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Eleven seasons after calling that contest, Kirk received some huge news Monday night of being inducted into the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation hall of fame. An induction ceremony for 14 honorees in what will encompass the third hall of fame class of the organization is planned for August in Oxford.
“I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the gentleman’s name that called me, because I was so shocked,” Kirk said of being selected. “He just said that he wanted to welcome me to the hall of fame and that the committee had voted to put me into it. I was just really overwhelmed with the whole thing.”
Kirk, the current supervisor at the Westgate Softball Complex, officiated football, basketball and softball for 13 years.