Claiborne County Sports Zone, 2022 Claiborne County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, presented by Michael Brooks of Farm Bureau: Ryan Helton

Michael Brooks of Farm Bureau is the presenter of the Claiborne County Sports Zone Hall of Fame and had this to say about his involvement with honoring the past, “I am excited for the opportunity to be able to support the sports HOF.  I feel like it’s a great idea to get something started bringing recognition to our local athletes of the past. I think it’s important for our younger, current athletes to be able to see those who came before them and be aware of some of their many outstanding accomplishments and the impacts they have had in our community.”

Ryan Helton played football for the Claiborne Bulldogs and set records that still stand today. Helton is the all-time leading rusher for Claiborne High School/Claiborne County High School (3,769) career. (1,743) single season in 2006 and (5,107) all-purpose yards.

Helton also had 51 career touchdowns and went on to play football at Carson-Newman College where he started his junior and senior seasons as an outside linebacker.

Ryan is also listed in the top 15 for the most rushing yards in a single game (402) vs Pigeon Forge 8/26/06 by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

“Ryan was a great athlete but the thing that really set him apart was his work ethic. You were not going to outwork Ryan Helton.”- Barry Liles (Former Bulldogs Head Coach)

For his efforts with Claiborne High School football and Carson Newman football, Ryan Helton is the newest inductee to the Claiborne County Sports Hall of Fame as presented by Michael Brooks of Farm Bureau.

Thank you, Michael Brooks of Farm Bureau, for presenting this honor in partnership with the Zone.

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