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  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

Don Trull

Quarterback

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2013

Don Trull

Position:
Quarterback
School
Baylor University, 1961 to 1963
Jersey Number:
10
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Oklahoma City, OK
Date of Birth:
November 20/1941
Height:
6'1
Weight:
190

Biography

Passing for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career, Don Trull left an indelible mark on the Baylor record books while becoming the school’s first-ever NFF National Scholar-Athlete. A 1963 First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Southwest Conference selection, Trull led the nation in touchdowns and passing yards his senior season. He was a two-time winner of the Sammy Baugh Award for leading the country in completions (1962, 1963), and he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior. Trull became Baylor’s first two-time First-Team Academic All-American honoree in 1962 and 1963 as well as the school’s first NFF National Scholar-Athlete (1963). Trull led the Bears to the 1961 Gotham Bowl and the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl under coach John Bridges. The Oklahoma City native enjoyed an eight-year career in the professional ranks, playing for the Houston Oilers and Boston Patriots as well as the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. Following his playing days, he served as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1972-74. Trull is a Baylor Hall of Fame inductee, and he was named to the school’s all-decade team.

2013

Ted Brown

Running Back

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Ted Brown

Position:
Running Back
School
North Carolina State University, 1975 to 1978
Jersey Number:
23
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
High Point, NC
Date of Birth:
February 15/1957
Height:
5'10
Weight:
195

Biography

Ted Brown dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference in the late 1970's. Brown left Raleigh as one of the most accomplished rushers in ACC history, holding the league's career records for rushing yards (4,602) and touchdowns (51). The 1978 first-team All-America led N.C. State to three bowl games, including victories in the 1977 Peach Bowl and 1978 Tangerine Bowl, in which he garnered MVP honors. He capped off his senior year by rushing for his third consecutive 1,000-yard season and amassing 27 career 100-yard games. He was the first player in league history to earn First-Team All-ACC distinction all four years and was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 1975. Brown played under legendary Hall of Fame Coach Lou Holtz and coach Bo Rein. The High Point, N.C., native was chosen in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent eight years in the professional ranks, all with the Vikings. He finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in franchise history (4,546 yards and 53 TDs). Brown was a 1995 inductee into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and his No. 23 jersey was the first football jersey retired at N.C. State.

2013

Tedy Bruschi

Defensive End

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Tedy Bruschi

Position:
Defensive End
School
University of Arizona, 1992 to 1995
Jersey Number:
68
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, CA
Date of Birth:
June 9/1973
Height:
6/1
Weight:
253

Biography

One of the most feared defenders of his era as a member of the storied “Desert Swarm” defense, Tedy Bruschi concluded his career at Arizona tied for the NCAA FBS record in career sacks with 52 quarterback takedowns. A two-time All-America (1994 – consensus, 1995 – unanimous), Bruschi’s celebrated senior season included the 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year title and winning the Morris Trophy as the league’s best defensive lineman. He was a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award and graduated with 74 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in FBS history. Bruschi was named all-conference three times, and he led the Wildcats to three bowl berths under coach Dick Tomey. The San Francisco native was a third-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft. Bruschi enjoyed a 13-year career, winning three Super Bowls with the franchise. The Pro Bowler was named the Associated Press’ Comeback Player of the Year in 2005 following a stroke. A committed spokesman and advocate for stroke survivors, Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, which has raised more than $1.5 million. He wrote a book, “Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL,” detailing his NFL comeback after his own stroke in 2005. Bruschi is also an active participant in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes for numerous children through the organization.

2013

Orlando Pace

Offensive Tackle

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Orlando Pace

Position:
Offensive Tackle
School
Ohio State University, 1994 to 1996
Jersey Number:
75
Inducted:
2013
High School:
Place of Birth:
Sandusky, OH
Date of Birth:
November 4/1975
Height:
6'6
Weight:
330

Biography

Known as the “Pancake Man” for flattening his opponents with his exceptional blocking techniques, Orlando Pace finished fourth in the 1996 Heisman balloting, the highest finish for a lineman since 1980. A two-time unanimous First-Team All-American (1995, 1996), Pace was the first player in history to repeat as the Lombardi Trophy winner, earning the honors as a sophomore and junior. In addition, Pace claimed the 1996 Outland Trophy while leading Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten title. He did not allow a sack during his final two seasons, blocking for Hall of Fame and 1995 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George. The 1996 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year started every game of his career, and he led the Buckeyes to three straight bowl appearances under Hall of Fame coach John Cooper. Chosen with the first overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 1997 NFL Draft, Pace enjoyed a decorated 13 seasons in the league, culminating with the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV Championship in 1999. Pace was named All-Pro five times, and he earned seven Pro Bowl selections.

2013

Jeff Wittman

Fullback

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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-American, 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, currently 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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2013

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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2013

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

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

James "Boots" Donnelly

Coach

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2013

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

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

Jim "Bright Path" Thorpe

Halfback

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1951

Jim "Bright Path" Thorpe

Position:
Halfback
Schools
Carlisle Indian Institute, 1907 to 1908
Carlisle Indian Institute, 1911 to 1912
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Prague, OK
Date of Birth:
May 28/1888
Place of Death:
Lomita, CA
Date of Death:
March 28/1953
Height:
6'1
Weight:
185

Biography

James Francis Thorpe was born May 28, 1888, on a Sac and Fox Reservation at Prague, Oklahoma. He played halfback for the Carlisle Indian School in 1907-08, again in 1911-12. In 44 games he had 53 touchdowns, 421 points. Statistics for 29 of the games show he averaged 8.4 yards in runs from scrimmage. In 1912, he had 29 touchdowns and 224 points, leading the nation. At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm he won the pentathlon and decathlon. He played pro football 1915-28, major league baseball 1913-19, and witnesses said he excelled in any sport he tried. That included golf, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, riding, rowing, gymnastics, archery, bowling, darts, billiards, basketball, swimming, boxing, wrestling. The honors piled up: 1950, named greatest athlete of the half-century 1900-49 by Associated Press sports editors; 1951, elected to College Football Hall of Fame; 1951, movie of his life "Jim Thorpe All-American" stars Burt Lancaster; 1957, a town, Jim Thorpe, Pa., named for him; 1963, elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame; 1984, a Jim Thorpe stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service; 1998, Thorpe again was honored with a stamp by the Postal Service. The sports writer Red Smith wrote: "Thorpe was the greatest athlete of his time, maybe of any time in any land."

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

Truxton "Trux" Hare

Guard

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1951

Truxton "Trux" Hare

Position:
Guard
School
University of Pennsylvania, 1897 to 1900
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, PA
Date of Birth:
October 12/1878
Place of Death:
Radnor, PA
Date of Death:
February 2/1956
Height:
6'1
Weight:
198

Biography

Thomas Truxton Hare is one of a handful of men to be a four-time first-team All-America. According to Walter Camp, Hare was the only player who could have made All-America at any position. He was selected as a charter member of the College Hall of Fame (1951), and has been named to numerous all-time All-America teams. Playing guard in the guards-back formation, Hare ran, punted, kicked off, and drop-kicked extra points. He called signals and was captain two years. He played every minute of every game for four years. Penn went 15-0 his first year, 1897, and was 47-5-2 in his career. He scored two touchdowns against Michigan in 1899 and made a 65-yard run against Cornell in 1900. He was on the 1900 Olympic track team at Paris, placing second in the hammer throw and first in the tug of war. He added a law degree at Penn in 1904, practiced law in Philadelphia, served as president of Bryn Mawr Hospital, excelled as a painter, and wrote eight books for boys.

1951

Chic Harley

Halfback

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1951

Chic Harley

Position:
Halfback
Schools
Ohio State University, 1919 to 1919
Ohio State University, 1916 to 1917
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Columbus, OH
Date of Birth:
September 15/1894
Place of Death:
Danville, IL
Date of Death:
April 21/1974
Height:
5'10
Weight:
158

Biography

Charles Wesley Harley, known as "Chic," was a 5-10, 158 pound halfback for Ohio State who made All-America in 1916, 1917 and 1919. (In 1918 he was a pilot in the Army Air Corps). Harley was Ohio State's first three-time All-America player, was on Ohio State's first Big Ten championship team, and led Ohio State to its first victory over Michigan. In three seasons he made 23 touchdowns, 39 extra points, 8 field goals, 201 points, a school record that lasted 36 years until broken by Hopalong Cassady. In 1916, he ran 20 yards for a touchdown and drop-kicked the extra point to beat Illinois 7-6; ran 27 and 80 yards and drop-kicked two extra points to beat Wisconsin 14-13, ran for 20 and 67 yards and drop-kicked a 34-yard field goal to beat Northwestern 23-3. In 1917, he scored four touchdowns against Indiana, threw two touchdown passes against Wisconsin, made a touchdown pass and two field goals against Illinois. His best play of 1919 was a 40-yard run against Michigan. Chic Harley attended Columbus East High School as a classmate of James Thurber and George Bellows. Many feel that Harley was college football's greatest player until Red Grange and would have won two if not three Heisman Trophies had the award existed at the time. His play inspired his school to build Ohio Stadium.

1951

Harold "Brick" Muller

End

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1951

Harold "Brick" Muller

Position:
End
School
University of California, 1920 to 1922
Jersey Number:
13
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Dunsmuir, CA
Date of Birth:
June 12/1901
Place of Death:
Berkeley, CA
Date of Death:
May 17/1962
Height:
6'1
Weight:
185

Biography

Harold "Brick" Muller could throw a football 60 yards on a line, yet his leg strength was such that he captured an Olympic Silver Medal in the 1920 high jump. At California, Muller never tasted defeat while starring for the Golden Bears during the era of coach Andy Smith's "Wonder Teams" of the West. Muller was a three-time All-America end, twice being named to the consensus first team. In California's 28-0 victory over Ohio State in the 1921 Rose Bowl, Muller got the ball on an end-around play. He stood at his own 45-yard line and threw a touchdown pass to Brodie Stephens, who caught it on the Buckeye goal-line, a tremendous heave in those days of the "fat" football. In later years, memories of that pass brought a chuckle to Muller: "At first, the ball was reported to have traveled 70 yards in the air," he related, "but over the years Los Angeles sports writers whittled it down to 53 yards." There would be fond memories other than those of the 1921 Rose Bowl triumph, as well; for instance, his scoring the only touchdown in the 1922 Ohio East-West Invitational Classic at Columbus. "Brick" followed his collegiate playing career with A.B. and M.D. degrees from Berkeley, and later practiced as an orthopedic surgeon.

1951

Bronko Nagurski

Tackle

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1951

Bronko Nagurski

Position:
Tackle
School
University of Minnesota, 1927 to 1929
Jersey Number:
72
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Rainy River, Ontario
Date of Birth:
November 3/1908
Place of Death:
International Falls, MN
Date of Death:
January 7/1990
Height:
6'2
Weight:
217

Biography

Bronko Nagurski was the son of Ukranian immigrant parents. They were farmers in Canada and moved to International Falls, Minnesota, in 1904. He was baptized Bronislau Nagurski but friends had trouble pronouncing his first name, and he was universally known as Bronko. At the University of Minnesota he played the 1927 season at tackle. In 1928 and 1929, he started six games at tackle and 10 as fullback. In 1929, he was consensus choice as All-America tackle. In 1969, he was named tackle on the all-time All-America team picked by the Football Writers Association. Playing fullback in 1928 against Wisconsin, he scored a touchdown with six tacklers trying to hold him. In 1929, against Iowa he was in the lineup at five positions - end, tackle, guard, halfback and fullback. Minnesota had a record of 18-4-2 in his time. At 6-2, 217-pounds, he became the Chicago Bears fullback 1930-37, came out of retirement for an additional season in 1943. He was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

1951

Ernie "Big Dog" Nevers

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1951

Ernie "Big Dog" Nevers

Position:
Fullback
School
Stanford University, 1923 to 1925
Jersey Number:
1
Inducted:
1951
High School:
Place of Birth:
Willow River, MN
Date of Birth:
June 11/1903
Place of Death:
San Rafael, CA
Date of Death:
May 3/1976
Height:
6'0
Weight:
200

Biography

The capacity crowd of 53,000 awaited the Rose Bowl that New Years Day in 1925. Notre Dame's famed Four Horsemen were about to play Stanford. The Irish and the Horsemen won, 27-10, but no one would forget the courageous performance of Stanford fullback Ernie Nevers. Only five days after having a cast removed from a broken ankle, and with his foot bound tightly in a brace, Nevers dominated the game, setting a Rose Bowl record with 34 carries and gaining 114 yards, only 13 less than the combined total for Notre Dame's backfield. Nevers also averaged 42 yards punting. Hall of Fame coach Glenn "Pop" Warner, who coached Nevers and the legendary Jim Thorpe picked Nevers over Thorpe as his personal choice as the "greatest football player of all time." In 1969, Nevers was named to Football's All-Time Team, which was part of college football's Centennial celebration. Nevers was Stanford's captain in 1925 when he led a 24-17 upset of arch rival California. He handled the ball on all but three plays as Stanford posted its first win over Cal in eight years.