NEW YORK, May 17, 2011 - From the national ballot of 79 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced today the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, which includes the names of 14 First Team All-America players and two legendary coaches.
Carlos Alvarez - WR, Florida (1969-71)
DOUG ENGLISH - DT, Texas (1972-74)
BILL ENYART - FB, Oregon State (1966-68)
Eddie George - RB, Ohio State (1992-95)
MARTY LYONS - DT, Alabama (1975-78)
RUSSELL Maryland - DT, Miami, Fla. (1986-90)
Deion Sanders - DB, Florida State (1985-88)
Jake Scott - DB, Georgia (1967-68)
WILL SHIELDS - OG, Nebraska (1989-92)
SANDY STEPHENS* - QB, Minnesota (1959-61)
DARRYL TALLEY - LB, West Virginia (1979-82)
CLENDON THOMAS** - HB, Oklahoma (1955-57)
ROB WALDROP - DL, Arizona (1990-93)
GENE Washington - WR, Michigan State (1964-66)
** Selection from FBS Veterans Committee
LLOYD CARR - 122-40-0 (75.3%) - Michigan (1995-2007)
Fisher DeBerry - 169-109-1 (60.8%) - Air Force (1984-2006)
"It goes without saying that this year's College Football Hall of Fame Class is an exceptional group of men who have forged some of the most legendary careers in the history of our sport," said Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. "Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court did an extraordinary job in selecting individuals who are not only known for their gridiron success but also for being great members of society in their post-football lives. On behalf of myself and the NFF Board of Directors, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, and the 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation, we are proud to welcome these tremendous players and coaches to the NFF family, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments throughout the year."
The 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2011, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.
SIX unanimous First Team All-Americans (George, Maryland, Sanders, Shields, Talley, Waldrop)
SIX consensus First Team All-Americans (Alvarez, Lyons, Scott, Stephens, Thomas, Waldrop)
EIGHT multi-year First Team All-Americans (Sanders - 2, Waldrop - 2, Washington - 2)
FOUR members of national championship teams (Lyons, Maryland, Stephens, Washington)
ONE Heisman Trophy winner (George)
FIVE winners of college football major awards (George - Walter Camp, Maxwell, Doak Walker; Maryland - Outland; Sanders - Thorpe; Shields - Outland; Waldrop - Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland)
FIVE conference player of the year honorees (George, Lyons, Scott, Stephens, Waldrop)
EIGHT members of conference championship teams (English, George, Lyons, Scott, Shields, Stephens, Thomas, Washington)
THREE Academic All-Americans (Alvarez, Enyart, Washington)
SEVEN offensive players (Alvarez, Enyart, George, Shields, Stephens, Thomas, Washington)
SEVEN defensive players (English, Lyons, Maryland, Sanders, Scott, Talley, Waldrop)
FIVE first-round NFL draft picks (George, Lyons, Maryland, Sanders, Washington)
FIVE decades represented: 1950s (1) - Thomas; 1960s (4) - Enyart, Scott, Stephens, Washington; 1970s (3) - Alvarez, English, Lyons; 1980s (3) - Maryland, Sanders, Talley; 1990s (3) - George, Shields, Waldrop
ONE national championship (Carr)
EIGHT conference championships (Carr - 5, DeBerry - 3)
25 bowl berths (Carr - 13, DeBerry - 12)
15 Top 20 finishes (Carr - 12, DeBerry - 3)
28 First Team All-Americans coached (Carr - 23, DeBerry - 5)
15 Academic All-Americans coached (Carr - 4, DeBerry - 11)
SIX NFF National Scholar-Athletes coached (Carr - 2, DeBerry - 4)
ONE NFF Campbell Trophy winner coached (DeBerry)
1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.
2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation's Honors Courts ten years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
3. While each nominee's football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.
4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2010 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1960 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage*.
* Players that do not comply with the 50-year rule and coaches that have not won 60% of their games may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.
Including the 2011 FBS class, only 896 players and 192 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million who have played or coached the game over the past 142 years. In other words, less than one percent (.0002) have been deemed worthy of this distinction.
Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois' Red Grange, Notre Dame's Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle's Jim Thorpe.
284 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer.
Induction for this class of Hall of Famers will take place December 6, 2011 at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City's historic Waldorf=Astoria.
University of Florida
Wide Receiver, 1969-71
A first-ballot College Football Hall of Famer, Carlos Alvarez remains one of the most prolific players in Florida history and becomes the sixth Gator to enter college football's ultimate shrine.
Alvarez made his mark early in Gainesville, setting single-season records for receptions (88), yards (1,329) and touchdown catches (12) en route to becoming the youngest player to ever make the AFCA All-America team. He also made more All-America teams as a sophomore than any player since Doak Walker in 1947. The two-time All-SEC pick ranks second in school history with 172 career grabs, holds the Florida's all-time mark with 2,563 receiving yards and places among the top ten with 19 touchdown catches. He also holds the school record with 25 consecutive contests with a reception.
A three-time Academic All-America honoree, Alvarez was the first three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in school history. He was awarded an NCAA Merit Post-Graduate Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke Law School. He is a member of Florida's All-Century Team, a member of the Florida-Georgia Game Hall of Fame, the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame.
A practicing lawyer in Tallahassee, Fla., Alvarez has served on the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Claims Court, the Florida Elections Commission and the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, among others. He has claimed the Jose Marti Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Cuban Community from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and he was named the SMU School of Law's Outstanding Professor in 1980. He has also received keys to the city in Miami and Tampa.
University of Texas
Defensive Tackle, 1972-74
A two-time All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle, Doug English aided Texas to two SWC titles. He is the 15th Longhorn player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Despite playing a low-profile spot on the defensive line, English managed to average 10 tackles per game for his career. He helped the Longhorns post two league crowns, three top 20 finishes and aided Texas to a 10-1 mark and No. 3 final AP ranking in the 1972 campaign, which finished with a Cotton Bowl triumph over No. 4 Alabama. Named a First Team All-American as a senior, English received UT's George "Hook" McCullough Outstanding Football Player Award and the D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award his final season.
A second-round selection in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, English enjoyed a 10-year career in which he played in four Pro Bowls and was named a First Team All-Pro in 1982 and a Second Team All-Pro the following season. He started 98-of-131 career contests, recorded 25 total sacks and recorded a career-best 13 sacks in 1983. English holds the NFL career record with four safeties.
A resident of Austin, Texas, English is the owner of a supplier logistics company. He is also the founder and president of Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, which has raised $2.4 million dedicated to research paralysis from spinal cord injuries. The foundation has hosted the Lone Star Classic, a celebrity golf tournament, for 25 years. English and his wife, Claire, have two children.
Oregon State University
A two-time First Team All-Pac 8 selection and a First Team All-American in 1968, Bill Enyart was an integral member of the Oregon State team that became known as the "Giant Killers." He becomes the second Beaver player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
An essential component to the 1967 "Giant Killers" team, Enyart helped the Beavers topple No. 2 Purdue, No. 1 USC and tie No. 2 UCLA as a junior. He boasted a 135-yard performance on 24 carries in the upset of the top-ranked Trojans. In addition to making two all-conference squads, Enyart was named to the All-Coast Team as a senior. His 1968 campaign was unmatched in Oregon State lore for more than two decades with school single-season records of 293 carries for 1,304 yards and 17 touchdowns. Each record stood until 1999, and still ranks in OSU's top ten. "Earthquake" Enyart set school single-game records against Utah on Sept. 28, 1968 with 50 carries for 299 yards, and he still holds a share of the school record with four touchdowns versus Kentucky later that season. The fullback also places in the top ten in Beavers' history with 492 career rushes for 2,155 yards and 25 scores en route to helping Oregon State to top 15 finishes as a junior and senior.
A two-time Academic All-American, Enyart earned a bachelor's degree in economics with honors from Oregon State in 1969. He was chosen with the first pick in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He played three seasons for the Bills and Oakland Raiders, amassing 387 rushing yards and one touchdown on 105 carries. He also caught 54 passes for 421 yards and three additional scores.
Enyart currently works as a case worker for a Medicaid agency and resides in Bend, Ore. He is a member of the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame and the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Ohio State University
Running Back, 1992-95
Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy, Ohio State's Eddie George is the latest in the storied lineage of Buckeye ball carriers to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
George enjoyed many successes under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper at Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to an overall 38-9-2 record, and a 24-6-2 mark in Big Ten play, where Ohio State never finished lower than second during George's tenure. He ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. As a senior, George set a single-season school record with 1,927 rushing yards en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Doak Walker Award and Jim Brown Award while leading the nation in scoring, placing fourth in all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing yards per game and yards per carry.
The fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he ranks 23rd in NFL history with 10,441 rushing yards compiled over nine seasons. He played in four Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2000. He holds virtually every career rushing record for the Tennessee Titans, and helped Tennessee reach Super Bowl XXXIV. George shares the title with Jim Brown as the only 10,000 yard runners in NFL history to never miss a start.George holds many titles in his post-football career, not the least of which includes earning an MBA from Northwestern University. He is also the founder and co-owner of the EDGE Group, Eddie George's Grille 27 in Columbus, and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society for Landscape Architects. He also serves as an on-air personality for Big Ten Network. George and his wife, Tamara, reside with their two children in Brentwood, Tenn.
University of Alabama
Defensive Tackle, 1975-78
A consensus All-American in 1978, Lyons enjoyed considerable success under College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. The Crimson Tide compiled a 42-6 mark and finished 24-2 in SEC play during Lyons' tenure in Tuscaloosa. Lyons was a member of four bowl winners, including the 1975, 1978 and 1979 Sugar bowls, helping the Crimson Tide win their 10th national title in 1978. For his career, Lyons compiled 202 tackles, 20 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. In addition to earning All-America honors as a senior, he was a two-time All-SEC player and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 1978. Lyons was also placed on the SEC All-Decade Team and the Alabama Centennial Team.
Lyons was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent his full career in New York, appearing in 147 games over 11 seasons. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1984. He is a member of the Jets' 1980s All-Decade Team. Lyons currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations at the LandTek Group, Inc. in Amityville, N.Y.
For 27 years, Lyons has run the Marty Lyons Foundation, which aims to fulfill wishes of terminally ill children. The organization currently reaches nine states across the Eastern seaboard and Southern United States. He also claims 32 years of experience as a motivational speaker and 20 years as a broadcaster. Lyons is a member of seven halls of fame in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and New York. He and his wife, Christine, have four children and reside in Smithtown, N.Y.
University of Miami
Defensive Tackle, 1986-90
A highly decorated player from Miami's national championship teams in 1987 and 1989, Russell Maryland left a wake of victories during his storied collegiate football career. He is the fifth Hurricane to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A unanimous All-American as a senior in 1990, Maryland took home the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. He was a Lombardi Award finalist and was named the College Football Lineman of the Year by the UPI. He completed his Hurricanes career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. Miami's Jack Harding Most Valuable Player Award winner in 1990, Maryland helped the Hurricanes to two national titles, four bowl wins, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record in his four seasons in Coral Gables.
Inducted into UM's Iron Arrow Honor Society prior to graduation, Maryland was the first pick in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls, played in the 1993 Pro Bowl and started 140-of-154 games in his 10-year career. Maryland posted 375 tackles, 24.5 sacks and forced nine fumbles as a pro.
He founded the Russell Maryland Foundation in 1993 and is a board member of the Cowboys of Color Museum. A native of Southlake, Texas, Maryland participates in the "Digging for Dragons" fundraising initiative to restore educational programs in Southlake ISD. He and his wife, Rose, have three children.
Florida State University
Defensive Back, 1985-88
A two-time unanimous All-American, the electrifying Deion Sanders stands among the top Seminole players in history, and he became a critical force in Florida State's historical run under Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden. He becomes the fifth Seminole to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back and finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and also led the nation in punt returns that season. He is tied for third in school history with 14 career interceptions and shares the school record with four interception returns for a touchdown. His 100-yard return against Tulsa in 1985 is the longest in Florida State history. Sanders remains the most prolific punt returner in school annals, holding the career records for punt returns and punt return yardage and sharing the record for punt return touchdowns. He helped the Seminoles to four bowl wins and led Florida State to the first two of 14 consecutive AP top five finishes.
Selected fifth overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, Sanders enjoyed a 14-year career for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. A 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, he played in eight Pro Bowls, was named the 1994 AP Defensive Player of the Year and won two Super Bowls. A multi-sport star, Sanders also played nine seasons of Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. The outfielder compiled 558 hits in 641 career games and won the 1995 World Series with Atlanta. He is the only player in professional sports history to win a Super Bowl and a World Series.
Sanders currently serves as a color commentator and studio host on NFL Network and operates Prime Time Achievers Summer Camp, a non-profit organization which provides athletic activities to young boys and girls. A member of The Sporting News' All-Century Team and the Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team for the 1980s, Sanders and his wife Pilar live in Prosper, Texas.
University of Georgia
Defensive Back, 1967-68
A consensus All-American in 1968, Jake Scott was a record-setting safety that led Georgia to an SEC championship as a junior. He is the 12th College Football Hall of Famer to play between the hedges.
In addition to making numerous All-America teams as a junior, Scott was named the SEC's Most Valuable Player by the Nashville Banner. A two-time First Team All-SEC pick, he led the conference in interceptions in 1967 and 1968. Scott's 16 career interceptions remain a school record, and he one of three players in SEC history to return two picks for touchdowns in the same game. He led the Bulldogs to the league crown in 1968 by intercepting 10 passes (tied for second-most in school history) and compiling 440 punt return yards, which ranks fourth in school history.
A First Team Academic All-SEC performer as a sophomore, Scott bypassed his senior campaign to play for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. Scott later played nine seasons in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins and started 123-of-126 career games. The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro was named the Super Bowl VII MVP for the undefeated Dolphins squad in 1972. He is Miami's all-time leader in interceptions and punt returns.
Scott was voted to the College Coaches All-Time All-America Team in 1983 and is a member of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Miami Dolphin Honor Roll. Considered by College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley to be the finest athlete he ever coached, Scott was a member of the Quarter Century All-SEC Team and the SEC All-Time Defensive Team. Scott is retired and lives in Hanalei, Hawai'i.
University of Nebraska
Offensive Guard, 1989-92
A powerful road grader, Will Shields set himself apart as a highly decorated offensive guard for College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne. He becomes the 15th College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Nebraska.
A unanimous All-American in 1992, Shields won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. A three-time First Team All-Big Eight selection, he was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. A major contributor to three NCAA rushing champions, he led Nebraska to back-to-back Big Eight crowns as a junior and a senior. He appeared in four bowl games as the Cornhuskers amassed an impressive 37-10-1 record in his four years in Lincoln.
Shields was a third-round selection in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 seasons for the Chiefs, never missed a game, and started 223 of his 224 career games. He holds a franchise record with 12 Pro Bowl appearances and was named a First Team All-Pro in 2002 and 2003. He was also awarded the 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
Shields founded the Will to Succeed Foundation in 1993. He is also a member of several boards in the Kansas City area and serves as the spokesperson for multiple local charities. He was a member of the NFL-USO tour to the Persian Gulf in 2007 and was the 2005 Kansas City Philanthropic Award winner. Shields lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Senia, and their three children.
University of Minnesota
A pioneer before his time, Sandy Stephens was college football's first African-American quarterback to be named an All-American in 1961. The first-ballot inductee is the 18th Minnesota Golden Gopher to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A consensus First Team All-American in 1961, Stephens finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting and was named the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player en route to setting a school record for single-season quarterback rushing record with 534 yards. He led the Golden Gophers to their last national championship in 1960, and one year later he directed the club to its last Rose Bowl victory, a 21-3 victory over No. 16 UCLA. Stephens was also chosen the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Rose Bowl Game. In all, he completed 101 passes for 1,475 yards and accumulated 32 total touchdowns. The versatile star also registered nine career interceptions and returned 42 punts for 254 yards.
Stephens continued his playing career in the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts. Stephens remained active in football after his playing career was complete, participating in the NFL Alumni Association, the University of Minnesota "M" Club and the Sports Legends program.
A member of Minnesota's All-Century Team, Stephens is one of just five Golden Gophers to have his jersey retired by the university. He is a member of the University of Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Stephens passed away on June 6, 2000, at age 59.
West Virginia University
Named a unanimous All-American as a senior in 1982, Darryl Talley was a four-year starter and team captain for College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen at West Virginia. He becomes the sixth Mountaineer to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
Talley left Morgantown as West Virginia's all-time leading tackler with 484 total stops, a record he held for more than 20 years. Named the squad's Most Valuable Player in 1982, Talley led the Mountaineers to the Peach Bowl in 1981 and the Gator Bowl a year later. He was a four-time All-East Region selection and was a two-time winner of the team's John Russell Award, given to the WVU lineman who best demonstrates spirit and leadership.
Talley was a second-round selection in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He played 12 seasons for the Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, starting 187-of-216 career outings. The two-time Pro Bowler played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo and was named First Team All-Pro by The Sporting News in 1990 and 1993. Talley logged 38.5 career sacks and forced 17 fumbles.
Talley currently works as the owner of Sentry Barricades and resides in Orlando, Fla. He also established a charitable foundation in Rochester, N.Y., and he has worked with Anchor House Ministries in Orlando. Inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Talley is a member of the WVU All-Time Team. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two children.
University of Oklahoma
A consensus All-American in 1957, Thomas played a pivotal role in the Sooners back-to-back national title wins in 1955 and 1956 under College Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson.
Thomas participated on several of the winningest teams in college football history, enjoying a 31-1 record during his stay in Norman. He was a major cog in Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak, and also helped the Sooners win three consecutive, undefeated Big 7 Conference championships and two national championships. Thomas totaled 2,156 rushing yards in his three seasons, never averaging less than 6.3 yards per attempt. The two-time All-Big 7 performer led the nation in scoring in 1956 and paced the Sooners' scoring as a junior and a senior. Thomas finished ninth in 1957 Heisman Trophy voting.
Thomas was a second round selection as a defensive back in the 1958 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played 11 seasons with the Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing in 137 games with 27 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. Thomas appeared in the 1963 Pro Bowl and was named a Second Team All-Pro three times.
Thomas is the founding president of Putnam City Schools Foundation and served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' national board of directors. He has also served on the selection committee for Armed Services Academies and as an executive board member of the Jim Thorpe Association. Thomas, who was enlisted in the Army Reserves for six years, founded and operated Chemical Products Corp. for 25 years. Still involved in business, he and his wife Soni reside in Oklahoma City. They have two children.
University of Arizona
Defensive Lineman, 1990-93
A fierce cornerstone of the "Desert Swarm" defense, Arizona's Rob Waldrop dominated the awards circuit his final year in Tucson, claiming the Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland trophies. He becomes the third Wildcat player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Waldrop garnered consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1992 and claimed unanimous All-America accolades as a senior. A two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection, Waldrop was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and won the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman as a junior. Waldrop and the Desert Swarm defense set a Pac-10 record by limiting opposing offenses to 30.1 rushing yards per game. With 171 career tackles, 22.5 sacks and 45 TFL, Waldrop aided Arizona to three bowl games, capping his career with a 29-0 blanking of No. 10 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
Drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994, Waldrop played one season in the NFL before enjoying considerable success in the Canadian Football League. He played on two championship squads and was twice named to the Canadian Defensive All-Pro Team.
A decorated police officer, Waldrop created "Every Dog Has a Day" which raises money for K9s throughout the greater Tucson area. The University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame member completed his degree with a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004. He currently works in law enforcement in Los Angeles County.
Michigan State University
Wide Receiver, 1964-66
Gene Washington personified the student-athlete ideal, earning two-time All-America honors and Academic All-America accolades. He becomes Michigan State's sixth College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Washington helped the Spartans win consecutive national championships in 1965 and 1966, earning All-America and All-Big Ten honors each season. He graduated as Michigan State's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown grabs. He posted six career 100-yard games and still ranks among the top ten in school history with 18.2 yards per reception. In all, Michigan State posted a 23-6-1 record in Washington's three years on campus and claimed two Big Ten titles.
Washington, a first-ballot inductee, was chosen eighth overall in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played seven seasons with Minnesota and the Denver Broncos, corralling 182 passes and 26 touchdowns. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and was named a First Team All-Pro in 1969. Washington earned a Master's degree in personnel administration from Michigan State in 1972.
After his playing career was complete, Washington worked many years as a workforce diversity manager for 3M Corporation, for which he recently retired. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Lung Association of Hennepin County in Minnesota and the YMCA of Minneapolis. He has earned a public service award from the Boys' Club of America and was named the recipient of the Outstanding Support Award from the Minority Students in Engineering Club at Michigan State. Washington and his wife, Claudith, reside in Plymouth, Minn.
University of Michigan
Head Coach (1995-2007)
The head coach of Michigan's first national championship team in nearly half a century, Lloyd Carr posted a .753 winning percentage and captured five Big Ten championships during his 13-year tenure in Ann Arbor.
A winner from the start, Carr directed the largest comeback in school history to earn his first win at Michigan, reversing a 17-0 fourth-quarter deficit versus No. 17 Virginia to garner an 18-17 victory. Carr guided the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship and helped Charles Woodson win the Heisman Trophy during that season. He twice won back-to-back league titles and won the 2000 Orange Bowl over No. 5 Alabama, 35-34 in overtime. Carr posted an 81-23 mark in Big Ten games, never won less than five league contests a season, and won six or more Big Ten games 10 times. He also posted an 18-9 record against Top 10 teams. Carr originally arrived at Michigan in 1980 as an assistant under College Football Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler, helping the Wolverines win 13 Big Ten championships in all.
A unanimous national Coach of the Year in 1997, Carr's players won 14 national awards and 23 players earned First Team All-America honors. Four of his players achieved Academic All-America honors, and at least one Wolverine earned First Team All-America accolades in 12 of his 13 seasons on campus.
An avid supporter of women's athletics, Carr endowed a scholarship dedicated to a woman student-athlete. He initiated the Women's Football Academy, whose proceeds benefit the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The pediatric cancer center at the University of Michigan's Mott Hospital will be named the "Coach Carr Pediatric Cancer Unit" when the floor opens this November.Carr has served on the NCAA Rules Committee, the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and as the chairperson of the Special Olympics Golf Outing. He and his wife Laurie have six children and 11 grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.
United States Air Force Academy
Head Coach (1984-2006)
The winningest head coach in the history of the service academies, Fisher DeBerry defined Air Force football for more than two decades.
Coach DeBerry earned 17 winning marks in his 23 seasons at Air Force, directing his teams to 12 bowl games. He claimed three Western Athletic Conference championships and directed the 1998 squad to a 12-1 finish and a No. 10 ranking, capping the only back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history. DeBerry's teams made Colorado Springs the perennial home for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, capturing the crown 14 times and claiming a 35-11 record versus Army and Navy. He was honored with national Coach of the Year honors in his second season after coaching the Falcons to a 12-1 record, a No. 8 final AP ranking and a Bluebonnet Bowl victory over Texas. He also defeated Notre Dame three times.
DeBerry coached two First Team All-Americans, 59 First Team All-Conference performers, 13 First Team Academic All-Americans and guided College Football Hall of Famer Chad Hennings to the Outland Trophy in 1987. DeBerry has served as the president of the American Football Coaches Association and on the organization's ethics committee.
DeBerry is a member of the Independence Bowl Hall of Fame, the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Wofford College Sports Hall of Fame. He and his family began the Fisher DeBerry Foundation in 2004, which aims to benefit children of single-parent households. He is also an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was inducted into the organization's Hall of Champions in 2005. He and his wife LuAnn have assisted in fundraising efforts for the Easter Seals, the March of Dimes, the Salvation Army and the March of Dimes. He and his wife have two children, five grandchildren and reside in Grove, Okla.
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