Ohio State Football: Former OSU Great Orlando Pace Voted into CFB Hall of Fame
It's about time.
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greatest football players not just at Ohio State, but in all of college football, has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation (via the team's official website).
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State, was today named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) May 7, 2013
Pace put together one of the most impressive resumes in college football history during his three years in Columbus (1994-96), starting at left tackle in each of Ohio State's 38 games stretching from his freshman to junior seasons.
After his first year at Ohio State, Pace became the first sophomore to ever win the Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman. The following year, Pace made history again by becoming the first player to win the Lombardi Award in consecutive years.
The accolades didn't stop there. Pace was a consensus All-Big Ten and All-American during his sophomore and junior seasons, a two-year stretch where he never allowed a sack to an opposing defender. He also won the the Outland Trophy and finished fourth in the Heisman race his junior year.
Following his illustrious three-year college career, Pace entered the NFL draft early and was selected first overall by the St. Louis Rams in 1997. Pace went on to have an incredible 13-year NFL career that included five All-Pro selections, seven Pro-Bowl games and one Super Bowl championship (1999).
"Orlando Pace is not only the best offensive lineman I have ever coached, but he is the best I have ever seen," said John Cooper, who coached Pace at Ohio State.
Pace, who was well known for knocking opposing defenders on their backsides, made the "pancake block" famous. So famous, in fact, that many referred to Pace simply as "The Pancake Man."
Pace becomes the 24th former Buckeye player to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Archie Griffin, Jack Tatum, Chris Spielman, Eddie George and many others. He was voted in alongside former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Frazier, former Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde and a host of other college football greats (via cbssports.com).
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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