The College Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that former Nebraska All-American and 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier is among 13 former college greats who are part of the 2006 Division I-A Hall of Fame Class.
The 2006 College Football Hall of
Fame Division I-A Class, which also includes legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and
Joe Paterno, will be inducted at the 49th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2006,
at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially
enshrined at the Hall in South
Bend, Ind., during
ceremonies in the summer of 2007.
become the 13th former Husker great in the College Football Hall of Fame, and
first inductee since fellow Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was part of the
2000 class. Nebraska is also well-represented by coaches in the College Football
Hall of Fame with six former Husker coaches in the Hall of Fame, most recently
Tom Osborne in 1998.
honored to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame," Rozier
said. "It is such a great honor to be mentioned with the other Hall of
Fame members who have gone before me and those who are in this class. I was
fortunate that God gave me the talent to play the game I love. I loved my time
and appreciate everything that my family, my coaches, the University and my
teammates have done for me."
captured the Heisman Trophy in 1983, following a record-setting senior campaign.
Rozier rushed for 2,148 yards on 275 carries and scored a school-record 29
touchdowns. Rozier averaged 179 yards per game, while rushing for more than 100
yards in 11 straight games, including a career-best 285 yards against Kansas. His 2,148 yards
as a senior is the fifth-highest total in NCAA history, and he was the second
rusher in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 yards in a
native totaled a Nebraska record 4,780 rushing yards in his
three-year Husker career. As a junior, Rozier rushed for 1,689 yards, the
fourth-best single-season total in Nebraska history. As a junior, Rozier was the
Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, while
finishing 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. He began his Nebraska career with 943
yards rushing as a sophomore, earning All-Big Eight honors while sharing time in
the backfield with junior Roger Craig.
Rozier captured Big Eight player-of-the-week honors six times in his Husker
career and his 49 career rushing touchdowns and 312 points trail only fellow
Heisman winner Eric Crouch among position players in the Husker record book.
Rozier possessed all the skills of the great running backs and is deserving of
his selection to the Hall of Fame.
one of the greatest running backs I've seen," Osborne said. "He had great
ability to make people miss while continuing up-field, without much deviation in
his path. He had great balance and always had a great deal of fun playing
the game and was enjoyable to be around. I congratulate Mike and his
Director Steve Pederson was on the football staff during Rozier's Husker playing
career and said Rozier's personality was as important as his on-field
"Mike was not
only a great football player and a terrific competitor, but he also brought a
spirit of fun to the game that made him special," Pederson said. "His love for
evident by the way he has stayed so involved here over the
eight years in professional football, including seven seasons in the NFL.
He spent six seasons with the Houston Oilers from 1985 to 1990, before closing
his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1990 and 1991. He began his pro career
with the Pittsburgh Maulers in the USFL in 1984, and he played with the USFL's
Jacksonville Bulls in 1985.
Rozier and his
wife Rochelle live in Sicklerville, N.J. and have a three-year old son
Michael. Mike's other two children, son JaMichael and daughter Amer, live
In addition to
Rozier, the following players are part of the 2006 Division I-A Hall of Fame
Class: Bobby Anderson, RB, Colorado (1967-69); Bennie Blades, DB, Miami
(1985-87); Carl Eller, T, Minnesota (1961-63); Steve Emtman, DL, Washington
(1989-91); Thomas Everett, FS, Baylor (1983-86); Chad Hennings, DT, Air Force
(1984-87); Chip Kell, OG, Tennessee (1968-70); Mike Phipps, QB, Purdue
(1967-69); Jeff Siemon, LB, Stanford (1968-71); Bruce Smith, DT, Virginia Tech
(1981-84); Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida (1987-89); Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State
Players in the College Football Hall of Fame
Years at Nebraska
Year of Induction
Coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame
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