Jerry Izenberg
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Jerry Izenberg to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame

Alumnus Jerry Izenberg ('52), whose career with The The Star-Ledger began in 1951 while he was still a journalism student at Rutgers University—Newark, will be inducted into the 2019 class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Izenberg has covered some of the most influential athletes and biggest events in sports history for the newspaper -- from Muhammad Ali’s championship fights, to several Triple Crown winners, to the earthquake-interrupted World Series in San Francisco. He is also just one of two newspaper columnists who have covered every Super Bowl.

Jerry Izenberg has written countless columns about Hall of Fame athletes during a sportswriter career that spans six decades. Now, fittingly, the longtime Star-Ledger columnist will stand among the greatest sports figures in New Jersey history.

Izenberg was announced on Monday morning as part of the 2019 class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. This will be the 16th time that the 88-year-old Newark native has been enshrined in a hall, but given his deep ties to the state and the generations of readers he impacted, he said the honor was one of the most significant of his career.