Grosse Pointe South has produced some great players through the years. These men are recognized for their contributions to the program in the Grosse Pointe South Football Hall of Fame. Initiated in 2017, the Hall of Fame members are inducted annually at the Blue Devil Football Legends Golf Outing. The inaugural class is:
Tom Bailey Class of 1971
As a junior starting quarterback, Bailey led the Blue Devils to a victory in the first ever game versus Grosse Pointe North and to co-champions of the Boarder City League. As a senior Bailey passed for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Tom went on to play defensive back for the Western University Broncos and returned to South to coach freshman football football for nearly a decade from 1973 to 1982. A favorite coaching memory was beating undefeated North on the last game of the 1982 season, and his final game as freshman coach.
Mike Bevier Class of 1980
In his three year career as starting linebacker for the Blue Devils, Bevier broke the all-school tackling record with 260 solo and 195 assists formerly held by Greg Steen ('72). Bevier was named to the All-State team in both the Detroit News and Free-Press as well as being voted captain and MVP by his teammates.
In his college career at Central Michigan University, Mike was named honorable mention All American and 1st team All-MAC Conference linebacker and is 7th in a career tackles.
Paul Hawk Class of 1984
As fullback in his junior year, Hawk was 1st team All-League, 2nd team All-Suburban and 1st team Metro-East which helped the team to a 9 and 0 season record. As a Senior he was names 1st team All-League, 1st team All-Area and 1st team Metro East to lead the Blue Devils to a second 9 and 0 season in a row. Paul finished his career with 134 points, 19 rushing touchdowns, 1,179 rushing yards and a record 2,032 yards of total offense as a fullback.
Paul's promising career at Central Michigan was cut short by injury.
Vince Panizzi Class of 2005
In his senior year at South, Vince was named team MVP and rushed for 1,136 yards on 205 carries. He averaged more than 5 yards per carry throughout his 3 year varsity career and was named to the Academic All-Area Team all four years.
Vince when on to play at Hillsdale College (2005 to 2009) where he had 3,660 career yards on 760 carries with 54 touchdowns which places him third in all-time rushing yardage and second in career scoring. In his senior year he rushed for 1,444 yards on 291 carries with 25 touchdowns which places him third on Hillsdale's all-time single season scoring list. Vince was honorable mention during his sophomore and junior years and first team All-GLIAC as a senior.