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College Football HOF inductees announced

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 inductees for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s the list, in alphabetical order: 

  • Barry Alvarez – Coach, Wisconsin (1990-2005)
  • Dennis Byrd – Defensive Tackle, North Carolina State (1964-1967)
  • Ronnie Caveness – Center, Arkansas (1962-1964)
  • Ray Childress – Defensive Lineman, Texas A&M (1981-1984)
  • Randy Cross – Guard, UCLA (1973-1975)
  • Sam Cunningham – Running Back, USC (1970-1972)
  • Mark Herrmann – Quarterback, Purdue (1977-1980)
  • Clarkston Hines – Wide Receiver, Duke (1986-1989)
  • Desmond Howard – Wide Receiver, Michigan (1989-1991)
  • Chet Moeller – Defensive Back, Navy (1973-1975)
  • Gene Stallings – Coach, Texas A&M (1965-71), Alabama (1990-96)
  • Jerry Stovall – Halfback, LSU (1960-1962)
  • Pat Tillman – Linebacker, Arizona State (1994-1997)
  • Alfred Williams – Linebacker, Colorado (1987-1990)

Howard is the only former Heisman Trophy winner on the list, while just three of the players (Caveness, Cunningham, and Williams) were National Championship winners.

Among the two coaches (Alvarez, Stallings) inducted, Stallings was the lone National Championship winner.  Alvarez, though, outdid Stallings when it came to conference titles, winning three to Stallings’ two.

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5 Responses to “College Football HOF inductees announced”
  1. CleanSlaton says: May 27, 2010 2:54 PM

    waaaaay too many Aggies.

  2. DCroz says: May 27, 2010 4:43 PM

    The one I find most intriguing on here is Sam Cunningham. While he had an outstanding career at USC, he will always be known as the man who “did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years,” according to Alabama assistant coach Jerry Claiborne.
    Bear Bryant scheduled USC to come to Birmingham and play his all-white Crimson Tide on September 12, 1970. Cunningham ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 42-21 Trojan victory and supposedly causing Bryant to say, “I’ve got to get me some of those” in relation to black players.
    According to the story, Bryant wanted to play USC for the very reason that he thought Cunningham would have a big game against Alabama, and that this would convince Tide fans to want to see the program integrated. Bryant had actually already given out his first scholarship to a black player, Wilbur Jackson, but freshmen were ineligible to play under NCAA rules at the time, so Jackson was in the stands an not in the game. By the end of the decade, half of Bryant’s starters were black.
    Congrats to all the inductees!

  3. Stoogie says: May 27, 2010 6:22 PM

    Props to DCroz for posting that info.

  4. DCroz says: May 27, 2010 10:22 PM

    Thanks, Stoogie.
    Now that I think about it, this year marks the 40th anniversary of that game, and it is the same weekend that Alabama plays host to Penn State. Wouldn’t it be neat to have something before the game that honors both Joe Pa (since it will undoubtedly be the last time he coaches at Bryant-Denny Stadium) and Cunningham?
    Incidentally, I didn’t find out until a little while ago that Sam Cunningham’s younger brother is Randall Cunnningham. Quite a talented family there.
    With Joe Pa’s recent health woes, though, I’m worried about whether he’ll make it to Tuscaloosa in September….

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