During the football season, Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School inducted a new class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

During the football season, Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School inducted a new class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

In the weeks ahead, we will take a look at those inductees and the reasons they are enshrined.


Chris Adkison

Chris Adkison would be the first to tell you that family is the most important thing! The youngest of eight siblings, all graduates of Port St. Joe High School, would become the mainstay at quarterback for the Sharks for 1980, ’81, and 82 football seasons. During these years, Port St. Joe fielded very competitive teams, but the gridiron and competition went through Blountstown and eventual back to back state champion, Wakulla High School. The Coach Wayne Taylor teams were winners, and Chris Adkison was the boy that would become the man to lead those Shark teams.

Family First: Older brothers Perry, Vick, and Martin, would all be parts of winning Shark teams; his sisters, and eventually sisters-in-law were all Shark Cheerleaders throughout the late ‘60s and ‘70s. This established a legacy path for Chris.

Making a Family: Traci McClain, Port St. Joe High School Class of 1984 and captain of the cheerleaders, would find her life-mate in the older boy on the football team. Shortly after her graduation, Chris and Traci would marry and move to Tallahassee, start a family, and what to this day can be described as “a wonderful life.” As if the acorns didn’t fall far from the tree, Chris and Traci’s two children would make their parents proud. Daughter, Allise, would go on to graduate from Troy University, where she would become a multi-year Troy University Cheerleader, and son, Tanner, is today a team member on the Florida State University Football Team.

The fact that Chris was a multi-sport star at Port St. Joe High School is only the beginning to his story. FSU Coach Bobby Bowden asked Chris to be the permanent Sideline TV Coordinating Official. For the past 21 years, if you’re at a Seminole home game, Chris is the official in the red shirt, red hat, and black referee pants that gives the signal to start and stop television broadcasting coverage. In addition, Chris has been officiating Big Bend high school football games almost since his graduation in 1982. It’s noteworthy to point out, he was also part of the game officiating crews for four Gator Bowls and scores of other big-time college game-day Saturdays. As a Shark in the 1980s, Chris would earn 11 letters as a member of the Shark Football, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, and Track teams.