Dorney Entering Hall of Fame

Former Penn State All-America lineman Keith Dorney will be among the 15 players and five coaches who will be officially enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The 12th annual Enshrinement Festival will be held Friday and Saturday in South Bend, Ind., home of the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Enshrinement Festival will include a celebrity golf tournament and concert on Friday, the Enshrinement Parade and Fan Fest on Saturday and the Enshrinement Dinner that evening.

Dorney was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with other members of the Class of 2005 at the National Football Foundation's 48th annual awards dinner last December.

Dorney, who helped the Nittany Lions to a 22-2 record during his last two seasons, is the 20th member of the Penn State program to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In December, Coach Joe Paterno will become one of the first three active coaches or players to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A native of Macungie, Pa., near Allentown, Dorney was a three-year starter on the offensive line from 1976-78. He became the first Penn State offensive lineman to be selected a two-time first team All-American and is one of just 12 Nittany Lions all-time to earn first team All-America honors twice.

The first start of Dorney's career came as a freshman tight end in the 1975 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. He was the Nittany Lions' starting center in 1976 and then moved to tackle in 1977 and was instrumental in Penn State reeling off consecutive 11-1 campaigns. The 1977 squad won its last eight games, capped by a victory over Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl to earn the No. 5 final AP ranking. The 6-5, 257-pound Dorney was selected a first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

In 1978, the former Emmaus High School standout helped Penn State to an 11-0 regular season mark, a 19-game overall winning streak and the No. 1 ranking entering the National Championship game with No. 2 Alabama, won by the Crimson Tide, 14-7. The Lions finished 11-1 for the second consecutive season and earned the No. 4 final AP and UPI ranking.

Dorney was among a school record six Nittany Lions that earned All-America recognition in 1978, earning the nod from: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association/Kodak, United Press International, Walter Camp, The Sporting News and NEA. Dorney also was selected National Lineman of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

A four-year letterman, Dorney was coached by John Chuckran as a sophomore and Dick Anderson during his two All-America seasons as a junior and senior.

Also in 1978, Dorney was selected a first team Academic All-American, earning his degree in business administration in May, 1979. He earned Dean's List recognition twice. Dorney is one of seven Nittany Lions to earn first team All-America and Academic All-America honors, joining: Dennis Onkotz, Charlie Pittman, Dave Joyner, Bruce Bannon, Jeff Hartings and Paul Posluszy, who earned both honors in 2005.

After playing in the 1979 Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Classic, Dorney was the 10th overall selection in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He immediately moved into the starting line-up and was named to the Pro Football Writers' All-Rookie Team in 1979. Dorney was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1983 and earned first team All-NFC accolades in 1983, '85 and '86. He was one of the Lions' offensive captains from 1983-87. Dorney earned the Ed Block Courage Award in 1987 and retired from professional football in 1988.

Dorney teaches English to freshmen and seniors at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. He also is the offensive line coach for the Cardinal Newman football team and has been a volunteer basketball coach at a local CYO since 1996. He previously was a real estate broker and then a partner with Memory Bank, Inc., a company that produces time management products. He also has been as a special education teacher.

Dorney also is an author. His book, "Black and Honolulu Blue: In the Trenches of the NFL" was published by Triumph Books in 2003. He recently earned his master's in Education from the University of San Francisco and his thesis, "Finding Your Life's Work" has been published. Dorney also is working on a novel and may write a book with Monte Clark, his coach in Detroit for six seasons.

Keith and his wife, Katherine, have two children, Clayton and Alea.

Dorney previously was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Other former members of the Penn State program enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame include ex-coaches Hugo Bezdek, Rip Engle, Dick Harlow and Bob Higgins along with former players John Cappelletti, Jack Ham, Glenn Killinger, Ted Kwalick, Rich Lucas, Pete Mauthe, Shorty Miller, Dennis Onkotz, Mike Reid, Dave Robinson, Steve Suhey, Dexter Very, Harry Wilson and 2004 inductee Lydell Mitchell.


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