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Hall of Fame Criteria

  1. FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PLAYER MUST HAVE RECEIVED FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITION BY A SELECTOR RECOGNIZED BY THE NCAA AND UTILIZED TO COMPRISE THEIR CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS.
  2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF\'s Honors Court 10 years after his last 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 2014 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1964 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 old. 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 may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.

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2013

Jeff Wittman

Fullback

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2013

Jeff Wittman

Position:
Fullback
School
Ithaca College, 1989 to 1992
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Rochester, NY
Date of Birth:
March 4/1971
Height:
6'0
Weight:
210

Biography

A record-breaking fullback, Jeff Wittman led Ithaca to the Division III national title in 1991 and was subsequently named MVP of the Stagg Bowl. A three-time first-team All-American from 1990-92, he broke 16 career rushing and scoring records while leading the Bombers to a 36-8-0 record during his prolific career. The 1993 Ben Light Senior Male Athlete of the Year ran for 100-plus yards in a game 18 times, and he rushed for an Ithaca-record 3,410 yards and 44 touchdowns during his collegiate campaign. After graduation, Wittman returned to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching.

2013

Danny Wuerffel

Quarterback

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2013

Danny Wuerffel

Position:
Quarterback
School
University of Florida, 1993 to 1996
Jersey Number:
7
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Pensacola, FL
Date of Birth:
May 27/1974
Height:
6'2
Weight:
209

Biography

The first player in history to win the Heisman as well as the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy, Danny Wuerffel dominated the college football landscape both athletically and academically during his senior season. A two-time first-team All-America, Wuerffel claimed the 1996 Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Unitas Golden Arm and the Sammy Baugh Trophy. The two-time SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC selection posted a 45-6-1 career mark, leading the Gators to the 1996 National Championship. Wuerffel finished his career with nearly 11,000 passing yards and 33 school records, taking Florida to bowl games in each of his four seasons under coach Steve Spurrier. In addition to the 1996 Campbell Trophy, Wuerffel was named a two-time Academic All-American and two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He became the first winner of the Campbell Trophy to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. The Ft. Walton, Fla., native was drafted in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by New Orleans, and spent six season in the league with the Saints, Packers, Bears and Redskins. Wuerffel became executive director of Desire Street Ministries after Hurricane Katrina, leading the organization’s various community outreach activities. He was a presidential appointee to the White House Council for Service and Civic Participation, a member of the Board of Directors for Professional Athletes Outreach; and a national spokesman for Caps Kids. As the quintessential student-athlete and humanitarian, the All Sports Association established the Wuerffel Trophy in 2005, which recognizes a college football player for his exemplary community service.

2013

Shelby Jordan

Linebacker

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Shelby Jordan

Position:
Linebacker
School
Washington University in St. Louis, 1969 to 1972
Jersey Number:
78
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, MO
Date of Birth:
January 23/1952
Height:
6'7
Weight:
260

Biography

Shelby Jordan led Washington University in St. Louis in tackles for three consecutive seasons en route to being named a Kodak first-team All-America during his senior campaign. The 1972 team captain and Bears MVP is considered the greatest defensive player in school history, and he was named to the school’s 1990 All-Centennial football team. Drafted in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he eventually became a six-year starter for the New England Patriots at offensive tackle and later won Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders. Jordan and his wife, Donzella, fund and direct a Los Angeles-based nonprofit economic-development corporation that provides affordable urban housing and services for families and seniors. He has received numerous awards for his work within the community, and he was named a WUSL Distinguished Alumni in 2009.

2013

Ron "The Great Dayne" Dayne

Running Back

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Ron "The Great Dayne" Dayne

Position:
Running Back
School
University of Wisconsin, 1996 to 1999
Jersey Number:
33
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Berlin, NJ
Date of Birth:
March 14/1978
Height:
5'10
Weight:
254

Biography

Concluding his career with 7,125 career rushing yards, Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne set a new standard for running backs when he became the all-time leading rusher and first player to reach the 7,000-yard plateau in FBS history during the 1999 season. Dayne won the 1999 Heisman Trophy in a landslide, after topping the 2,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. The three-time first-team All-America (1997, 1998, 1999 – unanimous) also claimed the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, and he was named the National Player of the Year by numerous outlets his senior season. He led the Badgers to four consecutive bowl games, earning MVP honors in three of those appearances, including back-to-back Rose Bowl titles in 1999 and 2000. A Big Ten three-time rushing champion, Dayne led Wisconsin to two conference titles under Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez. Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Dayne played seven seasons in the pro ranks with the Giants, Broncos and Texans. He helped New York to a 2001 Super Bowl appearance. The Berlin, N.J., native was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2011, and he became a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

2013

Art Shell

Offensive Tackle

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Art Shell

Position:
Offensive Tackle
School
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1964 to 1967
Jersey Number:
73
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Charleston, SC
Date of Birth:
November 26/1946
Height:
6'5
Weight:
265

Biography

Art Shell, played both offensive and defensive tackle, and claimed both Little All-American and Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-America honors in 1967. The three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) performer led UMES to a 20-8-1 record during his career. Shell was drafted by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and became an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first- team All-Pro. The three-time Super Bowl champion (XI, XV, XVIII) participated in 24 playoff appearances with the Raiders and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Following his playing days, he was twice named the head coach of the Raiders, becoming the first African-American to head a modern-day NFL team. Shell served as a joint NFL/NFLPA representative to review fines and suspensions levied for on-field misconduct.

2013

Rod Shoate

Linebacker

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2013

Rod Shoate

Position:
Linebacker
School
University of Oklahoma, 1972 to 1974
Jersey Number:
43
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Spiro, OK
Date of Birth:
April 25/1953
Place of Death:
Spiro, OK
Date of Death:
October 4/1999
Height:
6'1
Weight:
213

Biography

Combining the speed of a running back with exceptional strength, Rod Shoate became a dominant defensive force at perennial football powerhouse Oklahoma in the early 1970s. A two-time first-team All-American (consensus – 1973, unanimous – 1974), Shoate guided OU to a perfect 11-0 season and the National Championship in 1974, building on a 10-0-1 record the year before. The Sooners went 29-4-1 during Shoate’s career, never finishing with a national ranking lower than No. 3. He was twice named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year as the Sooners claimed the conference crown in each of those seasons. He led Oklahoma to a 14-0 shutout of Penn State in the 1972 Sugar Bowl. Shoate led the Sooners in tackles for three straight seasons with 420 career tackles. Picked by New England in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft, Shoate enjoyed a six year career with the Patriots before playing two seasons in the USFL. The Spiro, Okla., native passed away on Oct. 4, 1999.

2013

Percy Snow

Linebacker

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Percy Snow

Position:
Linebacker
School
Michigan State University, 1986 to 1989
Jersey Number:
48
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Canton, OH
Date of Birth:
November 5/1967
Height:
6'3
Weight:
240

Biography

The first player in college football history to win both the Butkus and Lombardi trophies in the same season, Percy Snow served as the backbone of Michigan State’s famed “Gang Green” defense in the late 1980s. Voted a unanimous first-team All-American selection as a senior, Snow led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons, and ranked second all-time in total tackles (473) at MSU. Snow was a three-time all-conference selection, helping the Spartans to the 1987 Big Ten title and a 1988 Rose Bowl win in which he earned MVP honors after recording 17 tackles against Southern California. He also led MSU to the Gator and Aloha bowls under head coach George Perles after the 1988 and 1989 seasons, respectively. The winner of the MSU “Governor of Michigan” award as the team MVP, he reached double figures in tackles 11 times as a senior, including a career-high 23 versus Illinois. Selected in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by Kansas City, Snow played in the NFL for four seasons with the Chiefs and Chicago Bears. The Canton, Ohio, native was inducted into the Michigan State Hall of Fame in 2010.

2013

Frank Cignettti

Coach

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2013

Frank Cignettti

Position:
Coach
Schools
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1986 to 2005
, 1976 to 1979
Inducted:
2013
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Apollo, PA
Date of Birth:
October 8/1937
Wins:
199
Losses:
77
Winning percentage:
0.72

Biography

The most successful head coach in Indiana University of Pennsylvania history, Frank Cignetti led the Hawks to unprecedented success during his 20-year tenure. Under his coaching, IUP ranked in the Top 20 each season from 1986-2004, achieving undefeated regular seasons in 1991 and 1993. Cignetti’s teams received the Lambert Cup 10 times as the top Division II team in the East. He was named the PSAC West Coach of the Year five times and the Kodak College Division Regional Coach of the Year three times en route to earning Chevrolet Division II National Coach of the Year honors in 1991. Cignetti coached 11 First Team All-Americans and 124 First Team All-PSAC performers. Cignetti served as the offensive coordinator at West Virginia University under coach Bobby Bowden from 1970-75 before taking over as the Mountaineers’ head coach for four seasons (1976-79).

2013

Tommie Frazier

Quarterback

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Tommie Frazier

Position:
Quarterback
School
University of Nebraska, 1992 to 1995
Jersey Number:
15
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Bradenton, FL
Date of Birth:
July 16/1974
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205

Biography

A legend in a long line of great Big Eight quarterbacks, Tommie Frazier helped College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne and Nebraska to back-to-back perfect national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. The 1995 consensus first-team All-American and Johnny Unitas Award winner was runner-up for the 1995 Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Frazier led Nebraska to four consecutive bowl appearances, claiming MVP honors in the 1995 Orange and 1996 Fiesta bowls en route to the national title. Frazier missed seven games during the 1994 season due to blood clots, but the junior was able to return and direct Nebraska’s come-from-behind win over Miami in the national title game. The 1995 Big Eight Player of the Year set a conference record with a 33-3 overall career record as a starter. Frazier won the Big Eight title in all four of his seasons, posting three straight years of undefeated league play. Frazier played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996 before trying his hand at the coaching profession. He coached at Baylor and Nebraska before being named the head coach at Doane College (Neb.), spending two seasons at the school. Coached by legendary Hall of Famer Tom Osborne, Frazier was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Century Team, and his jersey has been retired by Nebraska.

2013

James "Boots" Donnelly

Coach

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James "Boots" Donnelly

Position:
Coach
Schools
Middle Tennessee State University, 1979 to 1988
Austin Peay State University, 1977 to 1978
Inducted:
2013
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Nashville, TN
Date of Birth:
October 15/1942
Wins:
154
Losses:
99
Winning percentage:
0.62

Biography

“Boots” Donnelly started his head coaching career at Austin Peay State, taking a program that had never won a football championship to an Ohio Valley Conference title in his first season. After two seasons, he left APSU for his alma mater where he would spend the next 20 years leading the Middle Tennessee to unprecedented success. Donnelly led MTSU to nine top-20 regular-season finishes and seven NCAA I-AA (FCS) playoff appearances. He won or shared the Ohio Valley Conference title five times, was named the OVC Coach of the Year four times, was an AFCA district coach of the year on two occasions and became the first coach in OVC history to win a conference title at two different schools. The Nashville, Tenn., native was named the 1989 National Football Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter’s Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award winner and is a member of the organization’s board of directors. Donnelly saved as the CEO of the Backfield in Motion organization, which combines academics and athletics to inspire inner city boys to reach their maximum potential.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

The College Football Hall of Fame is a lasting tribute to the game’s greatest players and coaches.  The legends represented here have reached the highest level of achievement in the sport, and their stories of excellence and impact - on and off the field - endure here in perpetuity.Scroll through to learn more about all of the inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame, or use the search function to find certain players.

1951

Bill "Big Bill" Hollenback

Halfback

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1951

Bill "Big Bill" Hollenback

Position:
Halfback
School
University of Pennsylvania, 1904 to 1908
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Blueball, PA
Date of Birth:
February 22/1886
Place of Death:
Bryn Mawr, PA
Date of Death:
March 12/1968
Height:
6'2
Weight:
184

Biography

Penn halfback Bill Hollenback had played the full 60 minutes of a bitterly contested game and limped back to the dressing room. A short time later it was discovered that Hollenback had played the better part of the game with a leg fracture, dislocations of both shoulders, shin splints and hip bruises. Thus was the toughness of football's Pioneer Era players - and Hollenback was undoubtedly one of the toughest. A hard-nosed running back, Hollenback opened and closed his playing career on national championship teams in 1904 and 1908, serving as the Penn captain as a senior. He started every game during the 1906, 1907 and 1908 campaigns and merited consensus All-America recognition in 1906 and 1908. And second-team status in 1907. (He skipped the 1905 season). Hollenback was head coach at Penn State, Missouri, Syracuse and Widener, then became a football official.

1951

Frank "Buck" O'Neill

Coach

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1951

Frank "Buck" O'Neill

Position:
Coach
Schools
Syracuse University, 1906 to 1907
Columbia University, 1920 to 1922
Syracuse University, 1913 to 1919
Colgate University, 1904 to 1905
Colgate University, 1902 to 1902
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, NY
Date of Birth:
March 6/1875
Place of Death:
Hamilton, NY
Date of Death:
April 21/1958
Wins:
81
Losses:
41
Winning percentage:
0.654

Biography

Frank "Buck" O'Neill played football at Williams College and excelled at track as well as football. He was head coach at Colgate in 1902, again in 1904-05. His teams had an 18-8-2 record there. O'Neill moved to Syracuse and coached there for three terms: 1906-07, 1913-15, and 1917-19. He also maintained a law practice during these years. His eight-year coaching totals at Syracuse were 52-19-6. His best era at Syracuse came from 1915-1918 when the team had a combined 22-3-3 record O'Neill moved to Columbia and in 1920-22 had an 11-14 record. All told, he was a head coach 14 years with a record of 81-41-8. O'Neill was named a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

1951

Bennie Owen

Coach

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1951

Bennie Owen

Position:
Coach
Schools
University of Oklahoma, 1905 to 1926
Bethany College (KS), 1901 to 1904
Washburn University, 1900 to 1900
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Chicago, IL
Date of Birth:
July 24/1875
Place of Death:
Houston, TX
Date of Death:
February 26/1970
Wins:
155
Losses:
60
Winning percentage:
0.703

Biography

Benjamin G. "Bennie" Owen was Fielding Yost's quarterback for the undefeated Kansas team of 1899. The next year he was head coach at Washburn College. Then came years as head coach at Bethany College in Kansas and Oklahoma. In 1907, he lost an arm in a hunting accident. He stayed on the job and carved a career coaching record of 155-60-19 over 27 seasons. He had high scoring teams and was an early exponent of the forward pass. He was known for sportsmanship; his teams were always lectured on fair play. His 1911 team went 8-0 and outscored the enemy 282-15. In 1914 Oklahoma went 9-1-1 and led the nation in scoring with 435 points. Forest Geyer threw 25 touchdown passes that year. The 1915 team went 10-0 and scored 370 points. In 1918, the record was 6-0 and the scoring edge 278-7. Oklahoma won championships in the Southwest Conference in 1915 and 1918 and the Missouri Valley Conference in 1920. Owen served as director of athletics 1927-34. Owen Field, where Oklahoma plays its home games, is named for him. He was born July 24, 1875 in Chicago; he died February 26, 1970, in Houston at age 94. He was a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected in 1951.

1951

Knute "Rock" Rockne

Coach

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1951

Knute "Rock" Rockne

Position:
Coach
School
University of Notre Dame, 1918 to 1930
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Voss, Norway
Date of Birth:
March 4/1888
Place of Death:
Bazaar, KS
Date of Death:
March 31/1931
Wins:
105
Losses:
12
Winning percentage:
0.881

Biography

To answer the debate as to who was college football's greatest coach, the argument must always begin with Notre Dame's Knute Rockne. His .881 winning percentage is the highest in major college football history. He had five undefeated seasons, and six others where he lost just one game. His teams won three national titles and he made Notre Dame a team with a national following. From 1918 to 1930, Rockne's Notre Dame elevens had a 105-12-5 record. Rockne's electric personality and the stylish play of his teams captured public imagination during the "Golden Age" of sports in the Roaring Twenties. He perfected such maneuvers as the Notre Dame Shift and helped change the game from one of brute strength to one of speed and deception. His style of play was adopted by countless teams and six of his players would become Hall of Fame coaches. He coached legendary athletes such as George Gipp, Hunk Anderson, Rip Miller, and of course, the Four Horsemen - Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden. Then, on March 31, 1931, America and the world mourned the news - Knute Rockne had died in a plane crash at Bazaar, Kansas at the age of 43. Will Rogers paid this tribute: "Notre Dame was Knute Rockne's address, but every gridiron in America was his home."

1951

Bill Roper

Coach

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1951

Bill Roper

Position:
Coach
Schools
Princeton University, 1906 to 1908
Princeton University, 1920 to 1930
Swarthmore College, 1915 to 1916
Princeton University, 1910 to 1911
Virginia Military Institute, 1903 to 1904
University of Missouri, 1909 to 1909
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, PA
Date of Birth:
August 22/1880
Place of Death:
Philadelphia, PA
Date of Death:
December 10/1933
Wins:
112
Losses:
37
Winning percentage:
0.723

Biography

Bill Roper was not an innovative genius or master of detail. He took his best plays from other coaches, often made spontaneous decisions on the sideline and, invariably, proved the master of come-from-behind victory and remarkable upset. He was a member of Princeton's 1899 National Championship team and began his coaching career at Virginia Military (1903-1904) before returning to his alma mater (1906-1908), leaving Princeton for Missouri (1909), then going back to Princeton (1910-1911), leaving once again for Swarthmore (1915-1916), and finally returning to Princeton for his third tenure (1919-1930). His 1922 squad, which became known as "The Team of Destiny", beat Chicago, 21-18, after trailing 18-7 in the fourth quarter. Like so many of Roper's other clubs, the 1922 team was, in truth, a so-so gathering of talent - but he pushed them into success. He believed football was 90% fight and 10% execution, strategy and technique. Roper's record for 17 years at Princeton was 89-28-16. His Tiger squads were unbeaten in 1906, 1911, 1920, 1922; they lost one game in five other seasons.

1951

George "Wildcat" Wilson

Halfback

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1951

George "Wildcat" Wilson

Position:
Halfback
School
University of Washington, 1923 to 1925
Jersey Number:
33
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Everett, WA
Date of Birth:
September 6/1901
Place of Death:
San Francisco, CA
Date of Death:
December 27/1963
Height:
5'11
Weight:
185

Biography

George Wilson was the first superstar in the Pacific Northwest and the first from that section of the nation to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The powerful Washington halfback was a master of the stiff-arm, pushing would-be tacklers aside with ease. Most foes found George to be unpredictable whenever he got his hands on the ball, for one never knew whether he would run, pass or kick -and he did each equally well. Huskie football teams enjoyed incredible success while George wore the Washington uniform. He paced the school to 28 victories in 34 games, including a pair of 10-1-1 seasons in which the Huskies appeared in the Rose Bowl. The first bowl showing came at the end of Wilson's sophomore season and the result was a 14-14 deadlock with powerful Navy. After an 8-1-1 junior campaign, Wilson returned to lead the Huskies to another 10-1-1 mark. Wilson had thrown touchdown passes of 20 and 27 yards, but conversion point failures lifted Alabama with a 20-19 victory. Few fans knew it, but George played his entire senior season suffering from a stomach ailment which curtailed his food intake. Still, he completed a brilliant career and, in 1969, was named to the All-Time Pacific Coast Team.

1951

Don Hutson

End

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1951

Don Hutson

Position:
End
School
University of Alabama, 1932 to 1934
Jersey Number:
14
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Pine Bluff, AR
Date of Birth:
January 31/1913
Place of Death:
Rancho Mirage, CA
Date of Death:
June 26/1997
Height:
6'1
Weight:
183

Biography

Fluid in motion, wondrously elusive with the fake, inventive in his patterns and at ease when catching the ball, Don Hutson set the standard for pass receivers. Hutson and fellow Hall of Famer Millard "Dixie" Howell became one of football's most celebrated passing combination. Tall, willowy and blessed with deceptive speed, Hutson was the first to perfect the techniques of catching the ball in traffic. He made the end-around a devastating threat and shifting speeds a must. When Hutson grabbed six passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 29-13 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, West Coast writers hailed him as "the greatest pass-catching speed merchant end". Hutson made consensus All-America at Alabama in 1934. He scored the winning touchdown on a nine-yard, end-around play as Alabama beat Tennessee 13-6. He caught six passes, two for touchdowns, against Clemson. Hutson, was at one end for Alabama. The other end was Bear Bryant, a future coaching great. Hutson also played centerfield for the baseball team and ran for the track team. He was timed in 9.8 seconds for the 100-yard dash. On one occasion he ran track, then donned a uniform and played a baseball game - all on the same day. After his Alabama days, Hutson played 11 years with the Green Bay Packers, 1935-45. He was all-pro nine times, led the league in pass receptions eight times, led the league in scoring five times, and twice was named Most Valuable Player. He finished his pro career with 488 pass receptions. The next best player at that time had 188. Hutson was named to the all-time college football team in 1969, the all-time pro team in 1996

1951

Andy Smith

Coach

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1951

Andy Smith

Position:
Coach
Schools
University of California, 1916 to 1925
Purdue University, 1913 to 1915
University of Pennsylvania, 1909 to 1912
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
Du Bois, PA
Date of Birth:
September 10/1883
Place of Death:
Philadelphia, PA
Date of Death:
January 8/1926
Wins:
116
Losses:
32
Winning percentage:
0.761

Biography

They called them the California "Wonder Teams", those Golden Bear elevens which went undefeated for an incredible five-season span, running up a record of 44-0-4. The architect of these magnificent teams was Andrew L. Smith, who had been an All-America fullback on the great Penn team of 1904 which went unbeaten in 12 games. Smith actually began his coaching career at Penn (1909-1912), where he logged a record of 30-10-3. From Penn, Smith moved to Purdue for the 1913 through 1915 seasons, lifting the Boilermakers to a 12-6-3 record. Then, in 1916, Smith came to California and began molding Golden Bear fortunes for an upward surge. The famous Wonder Teams began with the 9-0-0 club of 1920, a team that crushed Washington State (49-0), Stanford (38-0) and Ohio State (28-0) in its final three games. In 1921, the Bears won another nine games before Washington & Jefferson managed a scoreless tie in the Rose Bowl. It was 9-0-0 again in 1922, then 9-0-1 the next year, when Cal allowed only seven points all year long. Finally, the last of the Wonder Teams, the 1924 club, finished 8-0-2. Cal won its first two games of the 1925 campaign before losing to the Olympic Club, 15-0 - snapping a string of 50 consecutive games without a loss.

1951

Dutch Clark

Quarterback

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1951

Dutch Clark

Position:
Quarterback
School
Colorado College, 1927 to 1929
Jersey Number:
7
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Fowler, CO
Date of Birth:
October 11/1906
Place of Death:
Canon City, CO
Date of Death:
August 5/1978
Height:
6'0
Weight:
175

Biography

Earl "Dutch" Clark became a four-sport star at Pueblo, Colorado Central High School and caught the recruiting eye of the University of Michigan. Enemy scouts from Northwestern "kidnapped" Clark on his way to Ann Arbor and he wound up in Evanston. However, the Wildcat recruiters were disappointed. Homesickness sent "Dutch" packing back to his home state and enrollment at Colorado College. He would become the state's first All-America and Hall of Famer. A triple threat quarterback, Clark scored in every game but one during his three varsity seasons, finishing with a career total of 105 points. He was equally outstanding in basketball, earning All-America honors in that sport in 1926. Clark later played professional football for the Portsmouth, Ohio team and the Detroit Lions, garnering All-Pro laurels in six of his eight seasons. Three times he led the National Football League in scoring. Following his playing career, "Dutch" coached the Lions, Cleveland Rams and Los Angeles Dons before becoming the head coach and athletic director at the University of Detroit.

1951

Amos Alonzo "The Grand Old Man of the Midway" Stagg

Coach

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1951

Amos Alonzo "The Grand Old Man of the Midway" Stagg

Position:
Coach
Schools
University of Chicago, 1892 to 1932
University of the Pacific, 1933 to 1946
Springfield College, 1890 to 1891
Inducted:
1951
Alma mater:
Place of Birth:
West Orange, NJ
Date of Birth:
August 16/1862
Place of Death:
Stockton, CA
Date of Death:
March 17/1965
Wins:
314
Losses:
199
Winning percentage:
0.605

Biography

Amos Alonzo Stagg is a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected as both player and coach in 1951. He was born August 16, 1862, in West Orange, New Jersey and died March 17, 1965, at age 102 in Stockton, California. He played football five years for Yale and was named end on the first All-America team picked in 1889. Stagg served 57 years as head coach at Springfield College 1890-91, Chicago 1892-32, and College of Pacific 1933-46. Stagg won 314 games, a record at the time. He continued as assistant coach with his son, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Jr., at Susquehanna 1947-52 and as kicking coach at Stockton Junior College 1953-58. Stagg invented the end-around, hidden-ball trick, fake punt, quick-kick, man-in-motion, double reverse, huddle, backfield shift, Statue of Liberty play, padded goal posts, and numbers on players' backs. Knute Rockne said, "All football comes from Stagg." He was a baseball player at Yale and turned down a pro contract. He invented the batting cage for baseball and the trough for overflow in swimming pools.