Bobby Hedrick grew up in Sedalia and went to high school at Eastern Guilford, where he was a standout in football, coached by fellow inductee Tommy Grayson, and also basketball and track. He stayed close to home for college, going to Elon and becoming one of the best runners in college football. He led coach Jerry Tolley’s Elon team to the 1980 NAIA championship, gaining 186 yards in the title game. He finished with 5,409 career yards, at the time second only to Pitt’s Tony Dorsett at any college level. As a senior, Hedrick was named the SAC-8 Player of the Year and the Outstanding Male Athlete in North Carolina. He had his jersey retired at Eastern Guilford and at Elon. He died of cancer in November of 2015 at age 57.