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Alonzo Jefferson

Inducted 2016

Born in West Palm Beach, Alonzo Jefferson established himself as one of the greatest all-around football players in the history of Florida prep football. A three-sport athlete, Jefferson starred from 1979-82 at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, playing football (1979-82), track & field (1979-82) and basketball (1979-80).

As a 5-foot-9 tailback with blazing speed, Jefferson totaled 7,647 all-purpose yards and ended his prep career with the state record in career rushing yards (4,060). After running for 1,609 yards as a senior in 1982, the three-time Class 3A All-State First Team member was named an All-American by numerous media outlets, including being named the Sporting News National Offensive Player of the Year. A 2004 inductee into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, Jefferson also set school records in the 100-yard dash and the 220-yard dash.

Following his outstanding prep career, Jefferson took his talents to Notre Dame, where he played 42 games for the Fighting Irish before a devastating knee injury shortened his football career. Despite the setback, Jefferson graduated from South Bend in 1988 with a degree in political science. He has been in the education field ever since.

Jefferson transitioned from a successful student-athlete to an exceptional coach, serving as the head coach of both boys and girl track at Palm Bay High School from 1996-2002. While there, he developed and coached the most prolific male track athlete in the history of Florida, Xavier Carter, who later went on to become the first athlete since Jesse Owens in 1936 with win four national titles at a single NCAA Outdoor Championship. He also assisted as the offensive coordinator for PBHS, winning state championships in 2000 (6A) and 2002 (4A). In addition, Jefferson coached successful teams at Melbourne Central Catholic, Florida Air Academy and his high school alma mater.

Now out of coaching, the current real estate professional spends his spare time volunteering in the community. Jefferson has been honored by the Board of County Commissioners for his work with summer youth programs and has also taught special education and coached in the Special Olympics. The West Palm Beach native was instrumental in bringing the NFL High School Player Development program to Palm Beach County, where he taught character building and player development.