Bloomington, Ind. – Former IU All-American Anthony Thompson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame yesterday, becoming just the sixth player in school history to be honored.
The 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up to Houston's Andre Ware, Thompson rushed for 5,299 yards and a then-NCAA record 65 touchdowns from 1986-89. He earned first-team All-America honors in both 1988 and 1989, and was named the Walter Camp Foundation's Player of the Year and was the Maxwell Award recipient as the top player in college football in 1989.
Thompson joins former IU coach Bo McMillin (1951 inductee) and players Pete Pihos (1966), Zora Clevenger (1968), George Taliaferro (1981) and John Tavener (1990) as former Hoosiers who have been inducted.
"This honor would not have been possible without Coach (Bill) Mallory, his coaching staff and the support of my teammates," Thompson said. "Whenever I receive an accolade, I always reflect back on my relationship with them. I'm not going into the Hall of Fame because of Anthony Thompson; I'm going in because of all of those guys. It's a great honor for Indiana University and everyone associated with the Indiana football program."
Oklahoma center Tom Brahaney (1970-72), Michigan defensive back Dave Brown (1972-74), Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis (1978-81), Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi (1978-93), Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie (1981-84), Texas safety Johnnie Johnson (1976-79), Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern (1968-70), Penn State coach Joe Paterno (1966-present), Oregon running back/wide receiver Ahmad Rashad, Houston defensive tackles Wilson Whitley (1973-76), Dartmouth linebacker Reggie Williams (1973-75), Southern California linebacker Richard Wood (1972-74) and Notre Dame defensive tackle Chris Zorich (1987-90) make up the rest of the 2007 class.
Thompson and the other 14 inductees will be honored at the National Football Foundation's 40th Annual Awards Dinner in New York City Dec. 4.
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