Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation, announced today in New York City the names of 14 players and two coaches who will be honored with induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Commented Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss,
"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, 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 new College Football Hall of Fame members are:
CARLOS ALVAREZ: 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-10 with 19 touchdown catches. He also holds the school record with 25 consecutive contests with a reception.
A three-time Academic All-America honoree, he is 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.
DOUG ENGLISH: 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.
English averaged 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.
A resident of Austin, Texas, English is the owner of a supplier logistics company.
BILL ENYART: Oregon State University, Fullback, 1966-68
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,
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.
EDDIE GEORGE: Ohio State University, Running Back, 1992-95
Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy, Ohio State's Eddie George is the latest Buckeye ball carrier to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
George 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 also leading the nation in scoring, placing fourth in all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing yards per game and yards per carry.
The 14th 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 and his wife and reside with their two children in Brentwood, Tenn.
MARTY LYONS: University of Alabama, Defensive Tackle, 1975-78
One of the most accomplished defenders in Alabama football history, Marty Lyons built a stellar legacy, which earned him spots as a member of the Crimson Tide's All-Centennial Team and on the Southeastern Conference's All-1970s Team.
A consensus All-American in 1978, Lyons played for 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.
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.
For 27 years, Lyons has run the Marty Lyons Foundation, which aims to fulfill wishes of terminally ill children. He and his wife, Christine, have four children and reside in Smithtown, N.Y.
RUSSELL MARYLAND: University of Miami, Defensive Tackle, 1986-90
A member of Miami's national championship teams in 1987 and 1989, Russell Maryland 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.
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. He and his wife, Rose, have three children.
DEION SANDERS: 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 historic 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.
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. 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. He and his wife Pilar live in Prosper, Texas.
JAKE SCOTT: University of Georgia, Defensive Back, 1967-68
A consensus All-American in 1968, Jake Scott was a record-setting safety who led Georgia to an SEC championship as a junior. He is the 12th College Football Hall of Famer to play for Georgia.
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.
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. Scott is retired and lives in Hanalei, Hawai'i.
WILL SHIELDS: University of Nebraska, Offensive Guard, 1989-92
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 and lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Senia, and their three children.
SANDY STEPHENS: University of Minnesota, Quarterback, 1959-61
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.
Stephens continued his playing career in the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts.
A member of Minnesota's All-Century Team, Stephens is one of just five Golden Gophers to have his jersey retired by the university. Stephens passed away on June 6, 2000, at age 59.
DARRYL TALLEY: West Virginia University, Linebacker, 1978-82
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.
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 Lakeland, Fla. with his wife, Jeanne. They have two children.
CLENDON THOMAS: University of Oklahoma, Halfback, 1955-57
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 greatest 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.
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 is the founding president of Putnam City Schools Foundation and served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' national board of directors. He and his wife Soni reside in Oklahoma City. They have two children.
ROB WALDROP: University of Arizona, Defensive Lineman, 1990-93
A cornerstone of the "Desert Swarm" defense, Arizona's Rob Waldrop received many awards 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 playing 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, he currently works in law enforcement in Los Angeles County.
GENE WASHINGTON: 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-10 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.
After his playing career was complete, Washington worked many years as a workforce diversity manager for 3M Corporation, for which he recently retired. He and his wife, Claudith, reside in Plymouth, Minn.
LLOYD CARR: University of Michigan, Head Coach (1995-2007), 122-40-0 (75.3 percent)
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.
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.
FISHER DeBERRY: 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 is a member of the Independence Bowl Hall of Fame, the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife have two children, five grandchildren and reside in Grove, Okla.
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.
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