Montana Football HOF postpones class to 2021

Montana Football HOF postpones class to 2021
Bob Beers is shown in this courtesy photo.

BILLINGS — The Montana Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will now be the Class of 2021.

Hall of Fame board chairman Rick Halmes announced the postponement of this year’s induction ceremonies today, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is rescheduled for March 26 and 27 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

This year’s class, which was supposed to be inducted in March and then in June, includes Butte’s Bob Beers. Other members are Shane Collings, Victor Lindskog, Travis Lulay, Steve Okoniewski, Brent Musburger, Ken Amato, Dan Carpenter and Marty Mornhinwig.

Tickets purchased for 2020 will still be honored next year.

Beers once again lives in the Mining City after a long, successful career in football. His coaching stops included Butte Central, Montana Tech, Montana Western and the University of Montana.

Beers worked as an NFL scout for the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. He coached in the Montana East-West Shrine Game in 1975.

He was set to continue a streak of at least one Butte guy going into the Hall of Fame each year since it debuted in 2016.

Butte and Montana State legend Sonny Holland was enshrined with the first class. In 2017, Butte native Bob O’Billovich joined the Hall. He was joined by Butte natives Sam Jankovich in 2018 and Sonny Lubick in 2019.

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