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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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Mussina falls well short of induction to Hall of Fame in first year on ballot

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 BBWAA Electees Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to join Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in Cooperstown at 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Ceremony

For only the second time since the first National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected three players in their first year of eligibility to the Hall of Fame in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter-first baseman Frank Thomasall cleared the 75-percent plurality threshold to gain election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in ceremonies July 25-28 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

Maddux was the leading vote getter with 555 votes of the 571 ballots, including one blank, cast by senior members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. That represented 97.2 percent of the vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). It marked the first time that three first-ballot nominees were elected sinceNolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yountin 1999.

Craig Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429 by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997. It was Biggio’s second year on the ballot. Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote.

Pitcher Jack Morris received 351 votes (61.5) in his final year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee consideration in the fall of 2016. Players receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot were first baseman Jeff Bagwell (54.3), outfielder Tim Raines (46.1), pitcher Roger Clemens (35.4), outfielder Barry Bonds (34.7), relief pitcher Lee Smith (29.9), pitcherCurt Schilling (29.2), designated hitter-third baseman Edgar Martinez (25.2), shortstop Alan Trammell(20.8), pitcher Mike Mussina (20.3), second baseman Jeff Kent (15.2), first baseman Fred McGriff(11.7), first baseman Mark McGwire (11.0), outfielder Larry Walker (10.2), first baseman Don Mattingly(8.2) and outfielder Sammy Sosa (7.2).

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of Hall of Fame classmates both to record voting percentages in the 90th-percentile since 2007 with Cal Ripken Jr. (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6). Overall it is the fifth time in Hall of Fame voting history that classmates have recorded 90th-percentile totals, joining 1936 (Ty Cobb 98.2 Honus Wagner 95.1, Babe Ruth 95.1, Christy Mathewson 90.7); 1989 (Johnny Bench96.4, Carl Yastrzemski 94.6); 1999 (Ryan – 98.8, Brett – 98.29) and 2007.

Thomas is the first Hall of Famer to have played a majority of games at the DH position. He appeared in 2,322 career games, with 1,310 coming as a DH, (56.4%). Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of 300-game winners elected in the same year since 1973 –Warren Spahn (363) and Mickey Welch (307). The only other time two 300-game winners were elected in the same year was in 1936 when the BBWAA chose Walter Johnson (417) and Christy Mathewson (373). Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of living 300-game winners elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

The election of Maddux and Glavine marks the first time since 1992 that two former big league starting pitchers entered the Hall in the same class. That year Tom Seaver was elected by the BBWAA and Hal Newhouser by the Veterans Committee. The last time two former big league starting pitchers were elected in the same year by the BBWAA was 1991 – Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Jenkins and Perry were also prior members of the same rotation to be elected together, having pitched albeit for only part of each season with the Texas Rangers in 1975 and 1980. The last time two big league starters that pitched at least one whole season in the same rotation were elected to the Hall of Fame was 1946; Jack Chesbro and Rube Waddell took regular turns in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation in 1900. Another member of the Class of 1946, Eddie Plank, was in the Philadelphia Athletics rotation with Waddell from 1902-07.

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Cottle headlines new Loyola Hall of Fame class

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Eleven Named To Loyola Athletics Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014


BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s Atheltics Hall of Fame Committee has chosen 11 former Greyhounds student-athletes and coaches who will form the Class of 2014 induction class and will be enshrined on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The class, which is Loyola’s first induction class in more than 10 years, features nine former student-athletes:  Joseph Barger ’89 (men’s soccer), Mark Gallagher ’98 (men’s swimming & diving),  Kerri Johnson ’97 (women’s lacrosse), Timothy McGeeney ’95 (men’s lacrosse), Michelle Meyer ’96(women’s lacrosse), John Mohler ’50 (men’s lacrosse, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling), Michael Morrison ’07 (men’s basketball), Dania Thompson ’76 (men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse), Nancy Turnblacer ’02 (women’s tennis). Two former coaches, Dave Cottle (men’s lacrosse) and Bill Sento (men’s soccer), will be inducted, as well, honoring their service to Loyola athletics.

“We are pleased to congratulate these 11 women and men as our Class of 2014 to the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Each made outstanding contributions to Loyola athletics, and we are excited to welcome them to a prestigious group.”

A two-year captain for the men’s soccer team, Joe Barger is one of the program’s greatest defenders. A two-time all-conference player, he helped Loyola to a 30-game unbeaten streak over two seasons and the NCAA South Atlantic Championship in 1986 and 1989. During his senior year, Barger also competed for the men’s lacrosse team which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. He is a member of the Fallston and Maryland Soccer Halls of Fame.

Dave Cottle is the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in Loyola history, posting an overall record of 181-70 from 1983-2001. Cottle guided Loyola through its transition to NCAA Division I and led the Greyhounds to 18 consecutive winning seasons and 14 straight NCAA tournament berths. In 1988, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year, and in 1990 guided his squad to the NCAA Championship Game. He is a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and he also holds a spot in Salisbury University’s Athletics Halls of Fame. Cottle is currently the head coach and president of Major League Lacrosse’s Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Mark Gallagher led Loyola to it’s first-ever men’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in 1995. The 1997 MAAC Swimmer of the Year, Gallagher was a four-time conference champion in the 50-yard freestyle, and he graduated with numerous individual and team program records. His 50-meter freestyle record still stands to this day.

An outstanding student-athlete and leader, Kerri Johnson led Loyola women’s lacrosse during an era of unprecedented success. A three-time All-America selection, Johnson helped lead her teams to three NCAA Semifinals appearances, including an appearance in the 1997 NCAA Championship Game. Johnson received Loyola’s prestigious Ernest Lagna Award, which is awarded to Loyola’s top female student-athlete, and She went on to serve as both and assistant and head coach at Loyola and was a member of the United States National team. She is also a member of the Perry Hall High School and Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Halls of Fame.

Regarded as one of Loyola’s greatest men’s lacrosse goaltenders, Timothy McGeeney was a four-year starter for the Greyhounds. He anchored his team to four NCAA tournament appearances, receiving All-America accolades in 1992, 1994 and 1995. His 810 career saves still ranks atop Loyola’s all-time records. He also ranks first in single season saves with 245 during 1995 season. Tim went on to be a USCLA All-Club performer and win an MLL championship as a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks. 

Michelle Meyer was three-time All-America selection, two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year. She is Loyola’s all-time leader in draw controls and ranks 7th in total points, leading her team to three NCAA semifinal appearances and the 1997 national championship game. A member of the 1997 US National team, she is also inducted to the Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Together with her husband, Matt Dwan, Meyer is part of the only husband-wife duo in Loyola’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

John Mohler was a three-sport student-athlete on the Evergreen campus. An honorable mention All-America in lacrosse, he also led Loyola to back-to-back swimming and diving Mason-Dixon Conference Championships in 1947 and 1948. Mohler graduated and eventually became the lacrosse program’s head coach, before his untimely death at the age of 29 in 1956. Mohler’s legacy has been carried on at Loyola through the naming of the John Mohler Award, which is presented annually to the top senior male student-athlete. Mohler is also a member of the Maryland Lacrosse Club and Mount Saint Joseph High School Athletic Halls of Fame.

A standout for the men’s basketball team from 1985 to 1989, Michael Morrison is the school’s lone player of the Division I era to be selected in the NBA (Phoenix Suns, 1989, 51st overall). The program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points, Morrison was a two-time first team All-Northeast Conference selection who was named to the NEC’s 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in January 2006. The Takoma Park, Md., native went on to enjoy a 13-year professional playing career in the NBA and overseas. He returned to Loyola after retiring from the game to complete his degree in 2007.

Bill Sento holds the distinction of Loyola men’s soccer’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 255-112-40 as the program’s head coach from 1980-1999. and an overall record. Prior to entry into the MAAC, Sento led his teams to four ECAC Metro Champions and two-time NCAA South Atlantic Regional Champions. His teams earned eight MAAC regular-season championships, eight conference tournament championships, and they earned three NCAA tournament appearances. Two of Sento’s NCAA teams advanced to final eight; he was also named MAAC Coach of the Year in 1999.

Dania Thompson was a standout student-athlete during the formative years of women’s athletics at Loyola. An All-State selection in women’s basketball, she was the program’s leading scorer at the time of her graduation and helped he team to three winning seasons; she also excelled in lacrosse and tennis. In 1975, she helped her team to a first place finish in the Maryland Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Thompson graduated from Loyola with honors with a degree in Biology with Cum Laude honors.

Nancy Turnblacer was a three-time captain of the women’s tennis program. Playing No. 1 singles all four years, she led the Greyhounds to four consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA appearances, as well as an 80-14 overall record. She set records for most singles wins in a career at  No. 1 (58) and most victories at No. 1 in a season (21).  Turnblacer was also a tremendous student, earning Academic All-America Second Team honors and three MAAC All-Academic selections, as well as the Loyola Medal of Merit award.

The induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Loyola’s McGuire Hall. Additionally, the inductees will be recognized the following at the Loyola-Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse game at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

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Former Orioles Mussina, Benitez, Palmeiro, Sosa on HOF ballot

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

(Cooperstown, NY) – Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.

Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2014 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.

Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.

Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-season career in which he compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts in 5,008 1/3 innings combined for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The righthander led the NL in ERA four times and won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, another record.

Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and ’98) and 10-time All-Star, was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons combined with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards. Gagne had 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 77 appearances with the Dodgers in his Cy Young Award season.

Thomas, who won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94 and placed in the top three in the voting five times overall, finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).

Jeff Kent, the NL MVP in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, also played for the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros in a 17-season career during which he slammed 377 home runs, 351 of which were as a second baseman, a major league record. The five-time All-Star had at least 20 homers and 100 RBI in eight seasons, the most by any second baseman in major-league history.

Hideo Nomo, the 1995 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters; and two World Series heroes, outfielders Moises Alou (1997 Florida Marlins) and Luis Gonzalez (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), are also on the ballot for the first time. Joining them are righthander Mike Mussina, who had a .638 winning percentage (270-153) over 18 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees; lefthander Kenny Rogers, whose perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994 was the highlight of a 20-year career; reliever Armando Benitez, the 2001 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and first baseman J.T. Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Other newcomers are relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.

Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.

Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced at 2 p.m., EST, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, on MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.

The ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.


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Former hoops star Greene to be inducted to UMBC Hall of Fame

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics is pleased to announce that seven former student-athletes and one current beloved staff member will comprise its 2014 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame class.

The inductees will be; Justin Bronson, ’09 (men’s swimming & diving), Cindy Kubiet (Director of Sports Medicine, 1978-present), Kelly Fiorani, ’06 (women’s lacrosse), Jay Greene, ’09 (men’s basketball), Ray Ignacio, ’87 (men’s lacrosse), Alessandra Pedergnana, ’06 (women’s tennis),Kristie Pickeral, ’06 (softball) and Brian Rowland, ’03 (men’s soccer).

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and inductions will take place on Saturday evening, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Southeast Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the UMBC men’s basketball game versus Hartford that afternoon. Ticket information will be announced later this month.

Justin Bronson earned five gold medals in America East Championship competition in individual races and three golds in relay events, in addition to numerous silver and bronze medals. He was selected as the America East Conference Swimmer of the Week once as a freshman, twice as a junior and three times in his senior year. The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada still holds the school record in 500-yard freestyle.

Kelly Fiorani currently ranks third on UMBC’s all-time scoring list in lacrosse with 189 points. She scored 140 goals and added 49 assists from 2003-06. Fiorani was a member of UMBC’s Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament team in 2003. She was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and received America East First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors in 2004 and 2006. She also received two letters in soccer and ranked second in points (10) for the 2004 squad. Fiorani was named UMBC’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 2006.

Jay Greene has played the most basketball games, 122, and logged the most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. A current assistant coach with UMBC, Greene dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland. He was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first tournament title and NCAA berth. In his junior season, he was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game.An America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, Greene earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and Second Team honors in his senior campaign.

Face-off specialist Ray Ignacio earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1987. He is currently tenth in NCAA history in face-off winning percentage (63.4%) and his 69.6% mark led the nation in 1987. Ignacio is UMBC’s single season leader in draws and is the current leader with 450 face-offs won. He is a member of the UMBC All Time Lacrosse Team, was the 1987 UMBC Lacrosse team captain and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game.

Cindy Kubiet has served UMBC as its Director of Sports Medicine since 1978. She has established a training program which includes recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student-athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. Kubiet was awarded the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment in 2007.

Alessandra Pedergnana becomes the first women’s tennis player selected to the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. As a freshman in 2003, she won 27 matches and was named All Conference in both singles and doubles in the Northeast Conference. She earned All-America East honors in 2004 and played at No. 1 singles for her final two seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC’s co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Kristie Pickeral was the 2002 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, helping UMBC reach the NCAA Championships. A year later, she earned NEC Player of the Year with a .387 batting average, 12 HR’s and 59 RBI. The third baseman is currently UMBC’s all-time hits leader with 263 and she slugged 40 home runs. She is also the all-time leader in RBI (179), games played and started (242), total bases (416) and walks and was the 2005 UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Brian Rowland holds UMBC’s single season (11, 2002) and career shutouts record (25) as a goalkeeper in men’s soccer. He earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in his senior season of 2002. He is currently seventh in school history with 227 saves and has played professionally both indoors (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando) and outdoors (Crystal Palace USA, Toronto Lynx). Rowland is currently an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

The hall of fame inductions, which have been a biennial event for UMBC Athletics for more than a decade, will revert back to becoming an annual event on the athletics’ calendar.

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Former Morgan RB Kelly named to Black College Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Morgan State running back Leroy Kelly is among seven inductees for the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The newest members were selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee comprised of commentators Roscoe Nance (Chairman), Donald Hunt, Ty Miller, Charlie Neal and Lloyd Vance former NFL General Managers Ernie Accorsi and Gil Brandt, long-time NFL scouts Charles Bailey and Charles Garcia, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, and historian Michael Hurd.

Others in the Class of 2014 are Robert Brazile (Jackson State University), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M University), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern University), Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State University), Doug Wilkerson (North Carolina Central University) as player inductees and Marino Casem (Alcorn State University) as a coach inductee.

These men will be honored at the Fifth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on March 1, 2014. The event will take place at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with Black College Football weekend.

“The history of Black College Football is compelling and must be shared,” said Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank. “We are proud to support the Black College Football Hall of Fame and congratulate the Class of 2014.”

In 1962, when the Bears won the CIAA Championship, Leroy Kelly led the team in rushing, scoring and punting. In 1963, Kelly was selected by the press as Morgan’s Most Valuable Player in the Orange Blossom Game during a season in which he averaged better than 5 yards a carry for Morgan.

When Kelly was signed by the Cleveland Browns, Morgan’s Coach Earl Banks said, “Leroy is one of the finest backs I have ever coached. He has everything it takes to be Morgan’s next pro.”

Kelly was an eighth-round pick of the Browns in the 1964 draft after a fine four-year career at Morgan State. For his first two years, he was an understudy to Jim Brown, the most prolific ground-gainer in history up to that time. When Brown retired just before the 1966 campaign, Kelly filled the void in a manner seldom seen in pro football circles.

For the next three years, he rushed for 1,000 yards, winning All-NFL honors each year and being selected as a starter in three straight Pro Bowls. Kelly also played in three other Pro Bowls following the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons, and earned first-team All-NFL in 1969 and 1971.

During his career, he won four individual statistical championships, including NFL rushing titles in 1967 and 1968. In 1965, he won the NFL punt return title, an honor he repeated in the AFC in 1971.

Kelly was enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1994.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established to honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   Each inductee’s college or university will receive a $5,000 grant to support continuing academic and athletic opportunities at their respective institutions.

To learn more, visit… www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org, www.Twitter.com/BCFHOF, www.Facebook.com/BlackCollegeFootballHallofFame

About the Black College Football Hall of Fame

Since inception (2010), 44 members have been inducted and over $172,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia and was founded by Black Quarterback NFL Pioneers James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams.

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Navy coach Niumatalolo named to Polynesian football Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff



Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held January 23, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.


October 9, 2013 (Honolulu, HI) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Inaugural Class today. Seven Inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.


The Inaugural Class includes Kurt Keola Gouveia (Hawaiian ancestry), Olin George Kreutz (Hawaiian ancestry), Kevin James Mawae(Hawaiian ancestry), Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), Jack Thompson (Samoan ancestry), Herman John Wedemeyer(Hawaiian ancestry) as player inductees and Ken Niumatalolo (Samoan ancestry) as a coach inductee.


Inductees will be honored on January 23, 2014 (prior to the NFL Pro Bowl) at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Neil Everett and former NFL player, Philadelphia TV News Anchor Vai Sikahema will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.


The Selection Committee was comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell EdwardsRon McBride, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt and Honolulu TV Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.





Linebacker … Brigham Young University … Led his high school team to three consecutive State Titles and named Player of the Year (Offense & Defense), first in Hawai’i history … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … 1984 NCAA Champion … Washington Redskins (1986-1994 & 1999), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), San Diego Chargers (1996-1998) … 13 seasons … Selected by Redskins in 8th Round, 213th player overall (1986 NFL Draft) … Two time Super Bowl Champion (1987, 1991) … Born September 14, 1964 in Honolulu, HI.



Center … University of Washington … All-State and SuperPrep All-American … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … First Team All-Pac 10 … Morris Trophy winner (1997) … Consensus All-American (1997) … Chicago Bears (1998-2010), New Orleans Saints (2011) … 14 seasons … Selected by Bears in 3rd round, 64th player overall (1998 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (2001-2006) … Four times named All-Pro (2001, 2004-2006) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … Born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, HI


Center … Louisiana State University … LSU Sports Hall of Fame … Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997), New York Jets (1998-2005), Tennessee Titans (2006-2009) … 16 seasons … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round, 36th player overall (1994 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (1999-2004) … Eight times named All-Pro (1998-2002, 2004, 2007 & 2008) … Ed Block Courage Award (2009) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … All-Time Jets Four Decade Team … First Polynesian to serve as NFLPA President (two terms) … Born January 23, 1971 in Savannah, GA.



Linebacker … University of Southern California … Unanimous First Team All-American … San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005), New England Patriots (2006-2009) … 20 seasons … Selected by Chargers in 1st round, 5th player overall (1990 NFL Draft) … 12 Pro Bowls (1991-2002) … 10 times named  All-Pro (1991-2000) … Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner & AFC Player of the Year (1994) … 1990s NFL All-Decade Team … Chargers 40th & 50th Anniversary Teams … Chargers Hall of Fame … Number 55 is retired by Chargers … Born January 19, 1969 in San Diego, CA … Died May 2, 2012.



Quarterback … Washington State University … Three times named All Pac-10  … Named First Team, Second or Honorable Mention All-American three times … Finished Ninth in 1978 Heisman Trophy voting … Graduated as most prolific passer in NCAA History (7,818 yards) … Led NCAA in nine different offensive categories (1976) … Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984) … Six seasons … Selected by Bengals in 1st round, 3rd player overall (1979 NFL Draft), highest Polynesian ever selected … Number 14 is retired by WSU … Nicknamed The Throwin’ Samoan … Born May 19, 1956 in Tutuila, American Samoa.



Halfback … Saint Mary’s College … Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame … Consensus All-American … Finished Fourth in 1945 Heisman Trophy voting … First Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979) … Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 1948, Baltimore Colts (AAFC) 1949 … Two seasons … Selected by Dons in 1st round, 9th player overall (1947 AAFC Draft) … Led AAFC in punt return yardage (1948) … Later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in television series Hawaii Five-O … Nicknamed Squirmin’ HermanFlyin’ Hawaiian & The Hula Hipped Hawaiian … Born May 20, 1924 in Hilo, HI … Died January 25, 1999.



Head Football Coach, United States Naval Academy (2007-present) … Seven seasons, 70 games … Regular season record: 43-27 … Five Bowl Appearances … First person of Samoan ancestry to be named a collegiate Head Coach and winningest Polynesian FBS Head Coach in history … 40 wins in first 5 years are most in Navy History … First Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as Head Coach …  Attended the University of Hawai’i … Born May 8, 1965 in Laie, HI.

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Ogden to be honored in hometown Friday

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Canton, Ohio – Sept. 13, 2013 – Pro football legend Jonathan Ogden will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 20, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Jonathan Ogden and St. Albans School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Washington, D.C.”

An 11-time Pro Bowler and former high school standout at St. Albans School, Ogden will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20, in the school’s gymnasium, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. The presentation will be made by Ogden’s former athletic director from St. Albans School, Oliver ‘Skip” Grant.

“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Washington, D.C., is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.

The ceremony will be attended by St. Albans School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Ogden’s family members and close friends. Vance Wilson, St. Albans School headmaster, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Jonathan Ogden “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Washington, D.C.

An Outland Trophy Award-winning tackle from UCLA, Ogden was the first-ever first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft. The consensus All-Rookie pick helped the Ravens climb to the top of the NFL during his 12 seasons in Baltimore. A great pass protector and run blocker, Ogden helped lead the Ravens to their first-ever Super Bowl in 2000 where they beat the New York Giants in a 34-7 victory in Super Bowl XXXV.

Ogden was named the NFL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni in 2002. He received firstteam All-Pro honors six times and All-AFC honors nine times, and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Ogden was inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor in 2008 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

In 2013, Ogden became the first longtime member of the Ravens franchise to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.


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Towson to induct new class to Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff


50th Anniversary Event To Be Held In West Village Commons


TOWSON, Md. –   Long-time Assistant Football Coach Rich Bader, All-American tackle Karl Neiberlein, ’95, record-setting gymnastKristen Presutti Callihan, ’03 and former tennis standout Jim Shepard, ’89 will be inducted into the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 in the Ball Room of the West Village Commons. The cocktail hour will start at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Bader Nieberlein, Presutti and Shepard are the 50th anniversary class of the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition, the 1993 and 1994 football teams, which had a 16-4 two-year record, will be honored as Teams of Distinction.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be the highlight of Tiger Honors Night. At the same time, 19 of Towson’s finest student-athletes will be honored.

A look at this year’s class of Hall of Famers:

RICH BADER (Assistant Football Coach):  The first assistant coach in any sport to be inducted into the Towson Hall of Fame, Bader was a member of the Tiger football coaching staff from 1970 to 2008. He joined the coaching staff in the second season of Tiger football whenCarl Runk was the head coach. He also served as an assistant coach during Phil Albert’s 20 seasons as head coach and was an assistant toGordy Combs during his 17-year tenure.

Bader, who served as the team’s offensive line coach, defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and associate head coach during his tenure, helped the Tigers to success at three different levels of the NCAA. In 1974, he was an assistant coach for the undefeated team in 1974 and the Tigers’ Division III national runner-up squad in 1976. He also served as a   coach for the Tigers’ three NCAA Division II playoff teams in 1983, 1984 and 1986. At the Division I-AA (now FCS) level, Bader contributed to the Tigers’ nationally-ranked teams in 1993 and 1994.

A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Coach Bader was the Tigers’ Associate Head Coach from 2001 to 2008. He was the Tigers’ offensive line coach from 1970 to 1986. He became the Defensive Line Coach in 1987, a position he held until 1996. When Towson became a member of the Patriot League in 1997, he was named as the team’s defensive coordinator.

During his years as the offensive line coach, he worked with All-Americans Stan Eisenhooth, Terrance Brooks, Greg Boller and John Gaburick.

Coach Bader, who resides in Pikesville, Md. with his wife Joan, was a member of the Tigers’ coaching staff for 39 seasons.

Currently an assistant coach at Stevenson University, Bader is the father of two children, Ryan and Shaeleen, who are both graduates of Gettysburg College. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning television producer in New York City who has done extensive work for ESPN and the Madison Square Garden Network. He currently works for NHL.com. Shaeleen is a teacher and former girls’ lacrosse coach in Howard County.


KARL NIEBERLEIN, ‘95 (Football):  One of the top offensive tackles ever to play for the Tigers, Nieberlein was a four-year starter for the Tigers. During his career, he was a key performer for a team that improved dramatically. As a freshman, he started for a team that posted a 2-9 record. In 1991, Towson had a 1-10 mark. In his junior year, the Tigers improved to 5-5 with some memorable come-from-behind wins. As a senior, he helped the Tigers to their best record at the NCAA FCS (Division I-AA) level. In 1993, the Tigers posted an 8-2 record with wins over Connecticut and Delaware.

As a senior, Nieberlein earned third team All-American honors from The Sports Network. He was the leader of an offensive line that blocked for All-American Tony Vinson, ’94, the leading rusher in the nation. Vinson ran for 2,016 yards in 10 games to lead the nation and he also scored an NCAA-leading 23 touchdowns. With Nieberlein leading the way, Vinson set and NCAA I-AA record with 364 rushing yards in one game, a win over Bucknell.

With the help of Nieberlein, the 1993 Tigers established 46 school records. The offensive line allowed only four sacks all season. Nieberlein was honored as Towson’s Outstanding Lineman of the Year award winner in 1993.

A 1995 graduate of Towson with a degree in sports management, Nieberlein was a member of the Baltimore Stallions in 1994. He was a reserve tackle for the new Canadian Football League team that reached the Grey Cup finals in its first season of existence.

Currently a sales representative for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, he is very active in coaching youth soccer and basketball teams. He resides in White Hall, Md. with his wife Wendy and their three children, Alek, Kayla and Gabby.

KRISTEN PRESUTTI CALLIHAN, ‘03 (Gymnastics):  The only gymnast in program history to record two perfect 10.0 scores, Presutti was a record-setting gymnast for the Tigers from 2000 to 2003.

Honored as the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Gymnast of the Year in 2002 and 2003, she became the first gymnast ever to earn the award in back-to-back years. Honored as the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year, Presutti finished her career with 1,787.40 points and is the third-leading scorer in Towson gymnastics history.

There have been four perfect 10.0 scores in the history of Tiger gymnastics, and Presutti is responsible for two of them. On March 6, 2002, she earned a perfect 10.0 on vault in a meet at William & Mary. In her final home meet, on March 21, 2003, she had a 10.0 score on floor exercise.

A native of Toms River, N.J., Presutti owned school records on vault and floor exercise. She also set school records by averaging 9.83 on vault in 2001 and 9.91 on floor in 2003. In her career, she also set school records with 23 vault titles, 17 floor titles and 23 all-around titles. In her career, she had 12 vault scores over 9.90 and 14 floor scores above 9.90. In her career, she had all-around scores over 39.00 23 times.

The only student-athlete in Towson history to be named as the Female Athlete of the Year three times, she earned All-EAGL first team honors in the all-around, vault and floor three times. She was also a first team All-EAGL honoree on beam as a junior and senior.

After graduating from Towson, she coached at Devlin Gymnastics Club for one year before becoming an account executive at Capitol Office Solutions. She also worked as a sales representative at Phillips for four years. In that role, she sold Sonicare electric toothbrushes to dental professionals and training new hires. From 2009 to 2012, she was the region sales manager for UroMed.

She has been married to former Towson ice hockey player Dan Callihan. They are the parents of an infant son, Dean.

JIM SHEPARD, ‘89 (Men’s Tennis):  The winningest player in the history of the Tiger men’s tennis program, Shepard compiled a 71-11 record as a singles player for an .866 winning percentage. As a senior, he set a record by posting a 31-1 singles record while leading Towson to the East Coast Conference championship and a 24-2 record.

During his career, he won the ECC number one singles championship three times. He was also part of the ECC champion number one singles team in 1988. As a junior, Shepard helped Towson finish as ECC runner-up. He compiled a 38-5 record as a doubles player in his final two collegiate seasons.

A 1989 graduate with a degree in business administration, he began his coaching career in 1989 when he served as the head coach of the Towson women’s tennis team

From 1990 to 2001, he coached at the 4-Star Tennis Program. He served as the assistant director of the junior program for six years before becoming the director of the junior program in 1996.

Since 2006, the Reston, Va. resident has served as the Director of Tennis at The Edgemoor Club in Bethesda, Md. He has also been the co-director of the Elite Tennis Academy in Falls Church, Va. since 2001.

In 2011, he was selected as one of the top five tennis professionals in the Washington area by Washingtonian Magazine. He also won the Men’s Mid-Atlantic 40’s Clay Court championship two years ago.

TEAMS OF DISTINCTION – 1993 and 1994 Tiger Football Teams:  In 1993, the Tigers were starting their seventh season as an NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) program. They were still looking for their first winning season at the I-AA level.

Under the direction of Coach Gordy Combs, the 1993 Tigers had high hopes. In 1992, Towson had posted a 5-5 record, staging a pair of late comebacks to pull out improbable wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Northeastern.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tiger football, the Tigers got their season off to a great start, posting a 42-7 win over Central Connecticut and a 31-14 victory over Delaware State. In the win over DelState, Brian McCarty and Tony Vinson each ran for more than 100 yards, marking the first time the feat had ever been accomplished at Towson. McCarty ran for 159 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns while Vinson piled up 149 yards on 29 carries with one TD Towson upped its record to 3-0 when Dan Crowley threw four touchdown passes in a 52-14 victory over Charleston Southern.

Vinson scored four touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 28-27 win at Connecticut, upping their record to 4-0. Only a last-second touchdown pass by Jay Walker of Howard prevented the Tigers from improving to 5-0 as Howard rallied for a 44-41 win. After the Tigers bounced back with a 38-14 win at Buffalo, they dropped a 40-12 decision at nationally ranked Hofstra.

The following week, Towson posted its most impressive win of the season when the Tigers edged No. 14 Delaware, 32-30. Vinson tied a Delaware Stadium record by scoring four touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left. In his final home game, Vinson broke the NCAA I-AA rushing record with 364 yards in a 49-21 win over Bucknell. That set the stage for the season finale, a 56-12 victory at Morgan State. In his final game, Vinson ran for 327 yards and scored five touchdowns.

The Tigers, who were ranked 24th in the final I-AA poll, were hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA playoffs. However, they were overlooked.

Vinson, who earned All-American honors, led NCAA Division I-AA in rushing yards (2,016), all-purpose yards (2,023) and touchdowns (24). The 1993 Tigers finished the season with an 8-2 record and set 46 school records.

The 1994 season was almost a carbon copy of the 1993 campaign as the Tigers finished with an 8-2 record for the second year in a row. The Tigers rolled to season-opening wins over Buffalo, Delaware State and Charleston Southern. However, the Tigers lost back-to-back games at Bucknell and Howard. They wouldn’t lose again in 1994.

A win over American International gave the Tigers a 4-2 record before they upset undefeated Hofstra, 24-21. Crowley led the way by throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Amadi Eze and an 80-yard TD pass to Shawn Ward. In a win over Kutztown, Crowley passed for a career high 449 yards and three touchdowns.

The following week, the Tigers posted their second shutout of the season in a 48-0 victory over Southern Connecticut. Towson closed out the season with a 42-7 victory over Morgan State.

The 1994 Tigers found their own place in the history books as they passed for more yards and scored more touchdowns than any team in school history. Crowley finished his record-setting career with 8,900 yards and 81 TD passes.

For ticket information, call (410) 704-3284. Anyone wishing to register on-line should visit www.tutigertracks.com/tuhof13   and click on the link for the 2013 Hall of Fame on the home page.

Teams of Distinction Honored by the Athletic Hall of Fame

1933-34 Men’s Basketball team……………………..…………………………………………………………………… 1986

1968 Women’s Gymnastics team (AIAW National Champions)………………..…………………………… 1992

1974 Men’s Lacrosse team (NCAA College Division National Champions)………………..…………. 1998

1981-83 Men’s Swimming and Diving team (29-meet winning streak) …………………………………. 1999

1954-56 Men’s Soccer teams…………………….………………………………………………………………………. 2000

1976-77 and 1977-78 Men’s Basketball teams (Nationally-ranked in NCAA Division II) ……….. 2001

1938 Men’s Soccer team……………………..…………………………………………………………………………….. 2002

1969 Women’s Basketball team (Played in Women’s National Invitational Tournament)…….. 2003

1974 Football team (Lone undefeated team in school history) ………………………………………….. 2004

1983-1984-1986 Football teams (Lambert Award winners) ……………………………………………….  2006

1958 Men’s Lacrosse team (1st team in program history)………………….………………………………. 2007

1990 Gymnastics team (Finished 9th in the nation) ………………………………………………………….  2008

1976 Football team (NCAA Division III runners-up) …………………………………………………………..  2009

1980 Women’s Lacrosse team (USWLA Division II runners-up) …………………………………………..  2010

1989-90 and 1990-91 Men’s Basketball teams (NCAA Tournament teams) ………………………….  2011

1989, 1990, and 1991 Men’s Soccer teams (East Coast Conference champions)………………..…. 2012

1993 and 1994 Football teams (nationally-ranked) …………………………………………………………….. 2013

Doc Minnegan Scholarship Award Recipients

Ramin Kazemi, ’98 (Men’s Tennis)…………………..………………………………………………………………….. 1997

Richie Moller, ’99 (Men’s Soccer) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 1998

Bridget Harthausen, ’00 (Women’s Soccer/Women’s Lacrosse)………………………………………….. 1999

Brian Barber, ’01 (Men’s Basketball) ………………………………………………………………………………….. 2000

Gregg Davies, ’02 (Baseball)………………..……………………………………………………………………………… 2001

Aaron Krause, ’04 (Men’s Swimming)………………………………………………………………………………… 2002

Brian McKenna, ’04 (Baseball)………………..…………………………………………………………………………. 2003

Jennifer Irby, ’05 (Women’s Swimming)…………………………………………………………………………….. 2004

Becky Trumbo, ’06 (Women’s Lacrosse)……………………………………………………………………………. 2005

Nigel Marples, ’07 (Men’s Soccer)…………………..………………………………………………………………….. 2006

John Webb, ’08 (Football) ………………………………………………………………………………………………..  2007

Alea Murphy, ’09 (Track and Field) …………………………………………………………………………………..  2008

Tommy Appel-Schumacher, ’10 (Men’s Soccer) …………………………………………………………………  2009

Brandi Gervais, ’11 (Cross Country/Track and Field) ……………………………………………………………  2010

Erika Griffith, ’12 (Cross Country/Track and Field) ………………………………………………………………  2011

Zach Fisher, ’13 (Baseball) ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2012

      The Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame was conceived in 1963 and developed by Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan and alumnus George Henderson to provide recognition for outstanding alumni athletes who excelled in sports while at Towson and are successful in their life. It was also their purpose to cite those members of the athletic and sports staff at Towson who had materially and significantly contributed to the total development of successful alumni athletes. In 1974, the Athletic Hall of Fame was incorporated into the Alumni Association Awards program.

      To be nominated, an individual must be a Towson alumna/us or an athletics staff member for at least 10 years. For selection, an alumna/us must have made a significant contribution to the college community through excellence in athletics, achieved marked success in life after leaving Towson, and be an active supporting member of the community. An athletics staff member must have clearly demonstrated athletic proficiency, and a high personal regard and respect for alumni and students.











Members (Cl.)             Inducted

* Phil Aaronson, ’30……… 1976

Phil Albert  (Football Coach) 1994

John Andrade, ’85………… 1997

Vince Angotti (Basketball Coach)  1995

Mike Arbutina, ’95 ………..  2011

Joe Ardolino, ’74 …………. 1992

Teresa Arnold Yapps, ’82 1994

Fred Arnold, ’62 …………… 1978

Dan Austerlitz, ’39………… 1975

Rich Bader (Asst. Football Coach) ………… 2013

Danielle Barry, ’94……….. 2004

Mary Bartel, ‘80…………… 2000

Aaron Bates, ’94…………. 2007

Kurt Beathard, ’87………… 1999

Carl Beernink, ’92 ………… 2010

Vicki Benhardt Epps, ’94 2007

Mike Bennett, ’76………….. 1995

Bill Binder, ’56……………… 1980

Betty Lou Bischof Andrade, ’86………………. 1997

John Blatchley, ’93……… 2004

Jeff Boller, ’83………………. 1996

Devin Boyd, ’93……………. 2004

Jennifer Breakey, ’94…… 2005

Terrance Brooks, ’91 …….. 2001

Mike Bruno, ’76 …………… 2009

Leigh Buck Bradley, ’75… 1993

Ron Cadorette, ’70……….. 1989

Colleen Cahill Smith ’90 . 2003

Teri Campbell Travers, ’91 2005

Michael Carroll, ’69 ……… 1990

Wendy Chalmers, ’95….. 2008

Skip Chase, ’77……………… 1990

Dale Chipps ’89……………. 2003

Dick Clem, ’58 ……………… 1975

* Mel Cole, ’36………………. 1966

Gordy Combs, ’73 ………….  2011

John Como, ’81 ……………. 1999

* Luther Cox, ’40 …………. 1964

Dorothy Crocker Hyman, ’71 1993

Dan Crowley, ’01 …………… 2010

Jim Darcangelo, ’75……… 1986

* Jerry Denaburg, ’30……. 1973

* Russ Denison, ’32 ………. 1966

Lindsay Dixon, ’92 ………. 2002

Al Dodds, ’71…………………. 1985

Dick Edell, ’67……………….. 1980

Jack Edwards, ’61…………. 2006

Steve Farling, ’95………… 2006

David Farmer, ’73………….. 1988

Maggie Faulkner (Lacrosse Coach)…………… 1997

* Joe Ferrante, ’75……….. 1983

Miguel Ferrer, ’83 …………. 1993

Bunky Ford, ’61……………… 1978

John Gaburick, ’89………. 2006

Jim Garland, ’70……………. 1985

Jim Gede, ’53……………….. 1964

Bob Griebe, ’75…………….. 1986

John Grubb, ’70……………. 1988

* Tom Goedeke, ’57………. 1969

Tom Grem, ’80……………… 1999

Larry Gross, ’69……………. 1990

Marty Guolo, ’82……………. 1997

Ruth Gutridge Lavelle, ’86  1999

Wayne Harman, ’57……….. 1967

* Jack Hart, ’48…………….. 1970

* Kathleen Hart (Honorary) 1990

George Henderson, ’63 … 1974

Todd Hicks, ’96…………….. 2012

Susan Hill Hutson, ’78…… 1994

Donald Hofler, ’57 ………… 1994

Andrew Hollingsworth, ’01 2012

Ruth Ann Holter Derrenbacher, ’88                                                           1998

Mark Holtschneider, ’82.. 2002

Steve Hornish, ’80………… 1994

Jim Hottes, ’52 …………….. 1974

Janet Houck Kines, ’80 … 1995

Don Hughes, ’57…………… 1980

Ed Humm, ’61………………… 1977

Stacy Humphries, ’96….. 2007

Bill Hunter (Baseball Coach, Athl. Dir.)                                                      1998

Lance Johnson ’93………. 2003

Nancy Kearns, ’00 ………… 2010

Jeff Jones, ’77………………. 1996

Norma Kelly, ’84…………… 1996

Bucky Kimmett, ’51……….. 1964

Kevin King …………………..  2002

Ron Klausner, ’89…………. 1999

Tandy Knight, ’91………….. 2001

Craig Lafferty, ’66…………. 1983

Sean Landeta……………….. 2005

Tim Langton, ’96 ………..  2008

* Carville Lauenstein, ’40 1975

Joe Layfield, ’92  …………  2002

Kurk Lee, ’90  ……………… 2000

Carrie Leger, ’96 …………  2009

Mitch Lekas, ’76  ………….. 1998

Bill Leonard, ’87  ………….. 1997

Henry Lichtfuss, ’58  ……. 1973

Chuck Lightening ’92  …. 2003

Gabby Linarducci Frezza, ’94  2004

Reece Livingston, ’54……. 1975

Jay Logwood, ’95 ……….  2007

* Ed Lorenz, ’61 ……………. 1974

John Lowe, ’51……………… 1989

* Ron Luette, ’63…………… 1981

Debbie Lynn Brinkman, ’94 2006

Bill Maczis, ’57……………… 1980

Steve Mahieu, ’70………….. 1983

Mike Mahoney, ’63………… 1976

Tim Mahoney, ’71…………… 1985

* John McCleary (Tennis Coach)                                                                 1983

Courtney McClelland Gonzalez,’96                                                          2006

Ed McCue, ’92…………….. 2004

Lisa McCullen McPhee, ’97 2007

* Don McGhay, ’63………… 1977

George McGinty (Gymnastics Coach)                                                          1991

Pat McKinley, ’80………….. 1993

* Joseph McMullen (Athl. Director)                                                            1984

Ron Meehan, ’04………….. 2006

Tom Meinhardt (Athl. Director, Coach)                                                     2003

Frank Mezzanotte, ’73….. 1989

* Donald Minnegan (Athl. Dir., Coach)                                                       1963

Kathleen Mohr Dolan, ’91/93 2001

Kerrin Mohr O’Neill, ’89… 1999

Tom Morgan, ’81……………. 1994

Audrey Morse, ’75………….. 1991

John Murphy, ’65………….. 1981

Sean Murphy, ’87………….. 1997

Jim Myers, ’67/’73……….. 2004

Karl Nieberlein, ’94 …….. 2013

Dana Novotony, ’93……… 2005

Tom Nelson, ’77…………… 2004

Candi Normile Klopp, ’71.. 1993

Terry O’Brien, ’75………….. 1992

Thomas O’Brien, ’87…….. 2000

Mark Orlando, ’95 ……….. 2009

* Bill Owings, ’57…………… 1982

Jeff Peek, ’87 ……………….. 1997

Rich Pellegrini, ’94  …….. 2005

Carl Perkins, ’73  …………… 1991

Cindy Phillips, ’85  ……….. 1995

Lisa Pollock, ’01 ……………. 2012

Kristen Presutti Callihan, ’03 ……………….. 2013

Gina Profili Hormes, ’91  . 2002

Dennis Psoras, ’54  ………. 1984

* Carroll Rankin, ’28  ……. 1965

* George Rankin, ’35  …… 1974

John Reister, ’85  ………… 1995

Bob Remeto, ’71  ……………. 1991

Stephanie Roche Willson, ’80  1993

Ann Rogers Ridenour, ’57  1984

Ray Riordon (Swimming Coach)………………. 2002

* Bud Ritter, ’50  ………….. 1972

Tara Rottet Blackburn ’93  2003

* Al Rubeling, ’32  …………. 1971

Gary Rubeling, ’85  ………. 1995

Carl Runk (Football/Lacrosse Coach)…….. 2007

Lori Salindong Greis, ’90  2000

Jim Sandusky, ’75  ……….. 1992

* Jim Saxon, ’68 ………….. 1983

Rob Shek, ’94  …………….. 2005

Gil Schuerholz III, ’85 …… 1995

John Schuerholz, ’62  ….. 1974

* Don Schwanebeck, ’35  1970

Maureen Shaneman Hall .. 2010

Erin Shanley Cherneski, ’97   2007

Jim Shepard, ’89 ………… 2013

John Shock, ’41  …………… 1967

Lloyd Sigler, ’69  ………….. 1985

Bill Silverthorn, ’64  ………. 1981

Jules Siskind, ’79  ………… 1996

Glenn Smith, Jr., ’91  …….. 2001

Meilani Smith Snellenberger, ’96 ……………. 2009

Rodney Smith, ’90……….. 2000

* Ted Snyder, ’26………….. 1975

John Sothoron, ’73………. 1989

Janine Spezio Eikenberg, ’93 2003

Eugene Spurrier, ’53…….. 1984

Dick Stack, ’62………………. 1982

Tina Steck,’01 ……………….. 2012

Ed Stephenson, ’94………. 2001

Barry Stitz, ’92 ……………… 2011

* Howard Stottlemyer, ’40 1981

* Don Sudbrink, ’59………. 1973

Anne Sugden Wolff, ’92.. 2002

Wendell Thomas, ’75…….. 1989

Quinton D. Thompson, ’42 1968

Joe Tischer, ’59……………. 1998

Terry Truax (Basketball Coach)……………….. 2004

James Vallillo, ’96   …….  2008

Margo VerKruzen (Coach) 1990

Don Vetter, ’59  …………… 1980

Tony Vinson, ’95  ………… 2005

* Ernst von Schwerdtner (Coach)…………….. 1980

Bobby Washington, ’78  . 2000

Don Washington, ’86  …… 1998

* Bob Watson, ’52  ……….. 1978

Wendy Weaver Kwiatkowski, ’92  ……………. 2002

Jen Weaver Steczak, ’96   2006

John Wheeler, ’38  ……….. 1982

* Josh Wheeler, ’36  …….. 1966

Liane Williams, ’99 ………… 2011

Bill Woolston, ’31  …………. 1977

Dave Yingling, ’57  ……….. 1967

Glenn Zimmerman, ’58  … 1977

* deceased

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Ravens Modell, McNair, Holmes, Anderson; Towson’s Landeta on HOF nominee list

Posted on 12 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The complete list of modern-era candidates for the Class of 2014 consists of 126 nominees was announced exclusively during a one-hour special on NFL Network Wednesday night.

From the list, that includes 16 first-year eligible candidates, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalist nominees will be announced in late November. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.

The Class of 2014 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee. The actual voting for the Class of 2014 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show that evening.


#First-year eligible; *Finalist in 2013



DREW BLEDSOE – 1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys Played in 194 career games during 14-year career. Completed 3,839 of 6,717 pass attempts for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns. Named to four Pro Bowls and Second-Team All-AFC twice.

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM  – 1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times and selected to play in four Pro Bowls during 16-year career. Racked up 29,979 yards and 201 touchdowns through the air, while adding 4,928 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground.

DOUG FLUTIE – 1986 Chicago Bears, 1987-89, 2005 New England Patriots, 1998-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-04 San Diego Chargers. Played in 91 games during 12-year NFL career. Completed 1,177 of 2,151 for 14,715 and 86 touchdowns. Added 1,634 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on 338 carries. Selected to one Pro Bowl.

#TRENT GREEN – 1997-98 Washington Redskins; 1999-2000, 2008 St. Louis Rams, 2001-06 Kansas City Chiefs, 2007 Miami Dolphins Battled back from serious knee injuries to play 11 seasons in the NFL, three of which passed for more than 4,000 yards. A two-time Pro Bowler, led the Chiefs to a 13-3 record and the AFC West Division title in 2003.

STEVE MCNAIR – 1995-2005 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. 2006-07 Baltimore Ravens Completed 2,733 of 4,544 passes for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns during 13-year playing career. Added 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns on the ground. Selected to two Pro Bowls. Named the NFL’s MVP in 2003.

PHIL SIMMS – 1979-1993 New York Giants Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXI. Completed 2,576 of 4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns. Was named first-team All-Pro in 1986 and selected to two Pro Bowls during 14-year career.


#SHAUN ALEXANDER – 2000-07 Seattle Seahawks, 2008 Washington Redskins Seahawks all-time TD leader (112) and rushed for 9,453 yards during nine-year career. Named league MVP in 2005 after ran for a league-high 1,880 yards and scored then-NFL record 28 TDs.

OTTIS ANDERSON – 1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants MVP of Super Bowl XXV. Named first-team All-Pro and All-NFC once and voted to two Pro Bowls. Rushed for 10,273 yards and 81 touchdowns, and caught 376 passes for 3,062 yards and 5 TDs in 14-season career.

TIKI BARBER – 1997-2006 New York Giants Rushed for more than 1,500 yards in each of last three seasons of 10-year career and amassed a career total of 10,449 yards. Added 5,183 yards on 586 receptions. Voted to two Pro Bowls and named All-Pro once.

*JEROME BETTIS – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Played on five division championship teams and member of Super Bowl XL champions. Named All-Pro twice and voted to six Pro Bowls. Rushed for career total of 13,662 yards, fifth most at retirement, and caught 200 passes for 1,449 yards.

LARRY CENTERS – 1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots Set then-record for career receptions and receiving yards by a running back that included a single-season record of 101 catches in 1995. Named All-Pro once and voted to three Pro Bowls. Retired with 827 catches for 6,797 yards, and rushed for 2,188 yards on 615 carries in 198 career games.

ROGER CRAIG – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings First player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in same season. Named All-Pro once, voted to four Pro Bowls, and won three Super Bowls. Career totals included 8,189 yards rushing and 566 catches for 4,911 yards.

STEPHEN DAVIS – 1996-2002 Washington Redskins, 2003-05 Carolina Panthers, 2006 St. Louis Rams Rushed for 8,052 yards and scored 65 TDs during 11-season career. Recorded four 1,000-yard seasons over five-season span. Voted to three Pro Bowls and named All-NFC and Second-Team All-Pro in 1999.

TERRELL DAVIS – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos Recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons to start career including 2,000-yard season. Named All-Pro and voted to Pro Bowl three straight times. Played on back-to-back Super Bowl champions and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. Picked to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s.

#WARRICK DUNN – 1997-2001, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-07 Atlanta Falcons Possessed game-breaking speed and quickness as a runner and receiver. Three-time Pro Bowler, ran for 10,967 yards and 510 receptions for 4,443 yards during 12-year career.

EDDIE GEORGE – 1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys Rushed for 1,000 yards seven times in nine-season career. In all, rushed for 10,441 yards and scored 68 TDs and 2,227 yards on 268 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

PRIEST HOLMES – 1997-2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2001-05, 2007 Kansas City Chiefs Set then-NFL record with 27 rushing touchdowns in 2003. In all, rushed for 8,172 yards and scored 86 TDs in 11-season career. Had 339 catches and 8 receiving touchdowns. Named All-Pro and voted to Pro Bowl three straight years.

DAVE MEGGETT (also PR/KR) – 1989-1994 New York Giants, 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets Twice named All-Pro as a punt returner, played on five divisional championship teams and won one Super Bowl. Multi-faceted running back who had 336 career catches and amassed nearly 14,000 all-purpose yards during 10 NFL seasons.

ERIC METCALF (also WR/PR/KR) – 1989-1994 Cleveland Browns, 1995-96 Atlanta Falcons, 1997 San Diego Chargers, 1998 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Carolina Panthers, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002 Green Bay Packers Accumulated more than 17,000 all-purpose yards during 13-season NFL career. Twice named All-Pro and voted to three Pro Bowls as kick returner. Career total included 541 receptions. Led NFL once in kickoff return yardage, punt return yardage and punt return average.

HERSCHEL WALKER – 1986-89, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys Versatile player who racked up more than 18,000 all-purpose yards during 12 seasons. Recorded two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and accumulated 512 career receptions. Also averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return over career. Voted to two Pro Bowls.

RICKY WATTERS – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks Played on four divisional title and one Super Bowl championship team. Rushed for 10,643 career yards and topped 1,000-yard mark seven times. Also added 467 career catches for 4,248 yards. Selected to five Pro Bowls.


*TIM BROWN (also KR) – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Recorded 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns during 17-year career. Added 3,320 yards on punt returns, 1,235 yards on kickoffs and 190 rushing yards for 19,679 career yards.

GARY CLARK – 1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix /Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins Two-time Super Bowl Champion caught 699 passes for 10,856 yards and 65 touchdowns during 11 playing seasons. Named to four Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro twice (1987, 1991).

MARK CLAYTON – 1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993 Green Bay Packers Compiled 8,974 yards on 582 receptions and 84 touchdowns during 11-year career. Selected to five Pro Bowls and led the league in touchdown receptions in both 1984 (18) and 1988 (14).

HENRY ELLARD  (also PR) – 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots Three-time first-team All-Pro selection. Played in 228 games and recorded 814 receptions for 13,777 yards and 65 touchdowns in 16 seasons. Returned 135 punts for 1,527 yards and four touchdowns. Named to three Pro Bowls.

#MARVIN HARRISON – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts A six-time first-team All-Pro selection and named to eight Pro Bowls. Led NFL in receiving two seasons. Finished career with 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Set single-season mark with 143 catches, 2002.

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON – 1996-99 New York Jets, 2000-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-05 Dallas Cowboys, 2006 Carolina Panthers Recorded 70 or more receptions in nine seasons. Totaled 814 receptions, 10,571 receiving yards and 64 receiving touchdowns during 11-season career. Named to Pro Bowl three times.

KEENAN MCCARDELL – 1991, 2007 Washington Redskins, 1992-95 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, 2004-06 San Diego Chargers Career receiving totals include 883 receptions, 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns during 17 seasons. Selected to two Pro Bowls. Recorded 70 receptions in a season seven times.

*ANDRE REED – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins Helped lead Bills to unprecedented four straight Super Bowls. Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, caught 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns in 16 seasons. All-Conference four times and Second-Team All-Pro three consecutive seasons.

STERLING SHARPE – 1988-1994 Green Bay Packers Three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection. Led the NFL in receptions three times in seven seasons. Finished career with 595 receptions, 8,134 receiving yards and 65 touchdowns.

JIMMY SMITH – 1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars    In 12 playing seasons, amassed 862 receptions, 12,287 receiving yards and 67 receiving touchdowns. Led the NFL in receptions in 1999 and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

ROD SMITH – 1995-2006 Denver Broncos Two-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl selection. Recorded 849 receptions for 11,389 yards and 68 touchdowns during 183 games over 12 playing seasons. Totaled eight career 1,000-yard receiving seasons including six straight.


MARK BAVARO – 1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles Recorded 351 receptions for 4,733 yards and 39 touchdowns during 126 games in nine seasons. Two-time first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection and won two Super Bowl championships.


#WILLIE ANDERSON – T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens Played in a total of 195 games with a string of 116 straight starts. Named to four Pro Bowls from 2004-07 and selected first-team All-Pro three seasons 2004-06.

TONY BOSELLI – T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) Played in 91 career games over seven playing seasons. Selected to five Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three straight seasons (1997-99).

LOMAS BROWN – T – 1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Named to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times over an 18-year career. Selected as a first- or second-team All-Pro six times. Played in 263 career games, winning four division, two conference and one Super Bowl championships.

JIM COVERT – T – 1983-1990 Chicago Bears Helped the Bears to six division, one conference and one Super Bowl championships during eight-year career. Played in 111 career games. Named first-team All-Pro twice and selected to two Pro Bowls.

JAY HILGENBERG – C – 1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints Seven-time Pro Bowl selection during 13 playing seasons. Named first-team All-Pro three times and All-NFC seven consecutive seasons (1985-1991). Played in 188 career games.

CHRIS HINTON – G/T – 1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings  Selected first- or second-team All-Pro five times as both a guard and a tackle. Named to the Pro Bowl seven and All-Conference six times during 13-year career. Played in 177 games.

KENT HULL – C – 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills Helped lead the Bills to six division and four conference championships. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and named to three Pro Bowl teams. During 11 seasons, played in 170 games and a full 16-game schedule nine times.

JOE JACOBY – T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins Three-time first-team All-Pro helped the Redskins win four division, four conference and three Super Bowl championships. Played in a total of 170 games and named to four Pro Bowls during 13 seasons.

#WALTER JONES – T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks A nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro during 12-year career. Played in a total of 180 games while helping the Seahawks to five division titles and one conference championship.

MIKE KENN – T – 1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons Over 17 seasons, played 251 games which is the most in Falcons history. Named first-team All-Pro three times and All-NFC five times. Selected to play in five consecutive Pro Bowls.

JIM LACHEY – T – 1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins  Named to the Pro Bowl three times and played in a total of 131 games during 10 seasons. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and All-Conference four times.

DON MOSEBAR – C – 1983-1994 Los Angeles Raiders Helped the Raiders to three division titles, one conference championship and one Super Bowl victory over 12-year career. Played in 173 games and was named first-team All-Pro once. Selected to play in three Pro Bowls.

TOM NALEN – C – 1994-2007 Denver Broncos Played in 194 total games during a 14-year career. Helped lead the Broncos to three division, two conference and two Super Bowl titles. Selected to five Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times.

NATE NEWTON – G – 1986-1998 Dallas Cowboys, 1999 Carolina Panthers During 198- game, 14-season career, teams won six division, three conference and three Super Bowl titles. Named to six Pro Bowls, selected first-team All-Pro twice and All-NFC four times.

*WILL SHIELDS – G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs Named to Pro Bowl 12 consecutive times. Played in a total of 224 games over 14 seasons, never missing a game. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and All-AFC seven times.

STEVE WISNIEWSKI – G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders Played in 207 games missing only two games during a 13-year career. Named to eight Pro Bowls and selected first- or second-team All-Pro as well as All-AFC seven times.



JEROME BROWN – DT – 1987-1991 Philadelphia Eagles A dominant figure on defensive line. Earned two All-Pro, All-NFC, and Pro Bowl selections. Promising career cut short in 1992 when killed in car accident.

*CHARLES HALEY – DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys One of the most gifted pass rushers of era. Only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Registered 10 or more sacks six times during 12 playing seasons.

ED “TOO TALL” JONES – DE – 1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys Played 224 games during 15 seasons and never missed a game except  for the 1979 season when he boxed. A dominant passer rusher for the Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense,” earned three Pro Bowl selections.

DEXTER MANLEY – DE – 1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers One of most feared pass rushers of the 1980s. During a four-year span between 1983 and ’86, logged 57.5 sacks. Key contributor during two Redskins championship teams. Finished 11-season career with 97.5 QB takedowns.

CHARLES MANN – DE – 1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers (12 playing seasons) A mainstay on the defensive line throughout 12-year career, had four seasons in which recorded 10 or more sacks. A four-time Pro Bowler, helped the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories.

STEVE MCMICHAEL – DT/NT – 1980 New England Patriots, 1981-1993 Chicago Bears, 1994 Green Bay Packers One of the most durable lineman of era, played 213 games during 15-year career. A three-time All-Pro choice,  ecorded 95.5 overall sacks and three safeties.

FRED SMERLAS – NT – 1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots One of first great nose tackles, anchored the Buffalo Bills “Bermuda Triangle” defense in the early-1980s. A three-time All-Pro choice, earned five Pro Bowl selections.

*MICHAEL STRAHAN – DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants Set NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001 and finished 15 playing seasons with 141.5 QB drops. Selected to seven Pro Bowls and a five-time All-Pro choice.

TED WASHINGTON – DT/NT – 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns A four-time Pro Bowl choice and All-Pro selection in 2001, played in 236 games during 17-year career. A regular anchor on the defensive line, logged a total of 34.5 sacks and one safety.

BRYANT YOUNG – DE – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers One of the most disruptive defensive players during 14-year career. Named to four Pro Bowls, two All-Pro teams and Comeback Player of the Year, 1999.


CORNELIUS BENNETT – 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts Won eight division and five conference championships during 14 seasons. The 1991 Defensive Player of the Year. Three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection with 71.5 career sacks.

#DERRICK BROOKS – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Named to Pro Bowl 11 times in 14-year career and selected first-team All-Pro six seasons. Played on four division championship and one Super Bowl winning team. Recorded 25 career interceptions, six of which were returned for TDs.

#TEDY BRUSCHI – 1996-2008 New England Patriots Leader of Patriots defense for 13-season, 189-game career. Voted to one Pro Bowl, recorded 30.5 sacks, intercepted 12 passes. Played on eight division title teams and three Super Bowl champions.

*KEVIN GREENE (also DE) – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers Retired after 15-season career as NFL’s third all-time leading sacker (160). A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and five-time Pro Bowler. Had 10 seasons with 10 or more sacks.

KEN HARVEY – 1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins A two-time All-Pro choice and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1995-98). Recorded 89.0 sacks and one safety during 11-year career.

CLAY MATTHEWS – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons When retired after 19 seasons, had played more games (278) than any other linebacker in NFL history and third most all-time. Selected to four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.

KARL MECKLENBURG – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos Accumulated 70.0 sacks, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries for a TD, and one safety during 12-year career. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro choice four seasons.

#WILLIE MCGINEST (also DE) –1994-2005 New England Patriots, 2006-08 Cleveland Browns Recorded 86 sacks in 212-game career that spanned 15 seasons. A two-time Pro Bowl pick, was member of six divisional championship teams and won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX).

SAM MILLS – LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers A long-time leader on defense, earned five Pro Bowl selections and three first-team All-Pro nods. Accumulated 20.5 career sacks, 11 interceptions and three fumble recoveries for a TD.

DARRYL TALLEY – LB – 1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings Key contributor of the Bills defense for 13 seasons. Played in 216 games in 15 total seasons.  Logged career numbers of 38.5 sacks and 12 interceptions. A two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro choice.

#ZACH THOMAS – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys Named first-team All-Pro five times, second-team All-Pro two seasons and elected to seven Pro Bowls. Topped 100 tackles in each of first 11 seasons and recorded 17 interceptions during 184-game career.


ERIC ALLEN – CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders A six-time Pro Bowl choice, recorded 54 interceptions for 826 yards and 8 touchdowns during 14 seasons. Selected first- or second-team All-Pro three times and first- or second-team All-NFC five times. Played 217 games.

STEVE ATWATER – S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets Recorded 24 interceptions for 408 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 sacks during 11-year, 167-game career. Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, named first- or second-team All-Pro four times and All-AFC six times. Helped lead teams to four division, three conference and two Super Bowl titles.

JOEY BROWNER – S – 1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-year pro, registered 37 career interceptions for 465 yards, 3 touchdowns and 9.5 sacks in 145 games. Selected as first-team All-Pro four straight seasons and named to six Pro Bowls.

LEROY BUTLER – S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers Totaled 38 interceptions for 533 yards and 1 touchdown during 12-year career. Recorded 20.5 sacks in 181 games and was named to four Pro Bowls. Selected first-team All-Pro four times.

#RODNEY HARRISON – S –  1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots Retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks for a defensive back (30.5). Tallied 34 interceptions over 15 seasons that included six divisions, four conference, and two Super Bowl championships.

ALBERT LEWIS – CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders Played in 225 games over 16 seasons. Earned two All-Pro and three All-AFC nods and four Pro Bowl selections.

JOHN LYNCH – S – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos One of the most decorated safeties in history, nine Pro Bowls at the position is second only to Hall of Famer Ken Houston. Registered 26 interceptions and three All-Pro and All-Conference selections during 15-year career.

#SAM MADISON – CB – 1997-2005 Miami Dolphins, 2006-08 New York Giants Earned four Pro Bowl, three All-AFC, and two All-Pro selections during 12-year career. Stole 20 passes in three-year period (1998-2000). Finished career with 38 total interceptions.

#PATRICK SURTAIN – CB – 1998-2004 Miami Dolphins, 2005-08 Kansas City Chiefs Played both corners and intercepted 37 passes in 11-season career. Named first-team All-Pro in back-to-back years (2002-03) and voted to three straight Pro Bowls.

TROY VINCENT – CB/S – 1992-95 Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins Picked off 47 passes for 711 yards and 3 TDs during 15-season career. Named All-Pro once and voted to five straight Pro Bowls. Played on five divison championship teams.

EVERSON WALLS – CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
Recorded 57 interceptions during 13-year career. Led the league in interceptions three times. Voted to four Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times. Played on three division championship teams and won one Super Bowl.

 – CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Registered 55 interceptions for 807 yards and nine TDs in 14-season career. A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, voted to eight Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro four times.

DARREN WOODSON – S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
A four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl pick, played on six division championship teams and won three Super Bowls. Recorded 23 interceptions for 271 yards in career



MORTEN ANDERSEN – K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings The NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points accumulated over a 25-season career. Connected on 849 PATs and 565 field goals. Named All-Pro five times and selected to seven Pro Bowls.

– K – 1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
In 23 NFL seasons, connected on 538 field goals and 820 extra points for a career total of 2,434 points. Named to four Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro twice, played on seven division championship teams. Set then-record 164 points, 1998.

SEAN LANDETA – P – 1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles
Helped teams win six division, two conference and two Super Bowl championships. In 284 games over 21 seasons amassed 60,707 yards on 1,401 punts for a net average of 43.3. Named to two Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro three times.

NICK LOWERY – K –  1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jets
Converted 383 field goals and 562 extra points for 1,711 points in 18-season career. Eclipsed the 100-point total 11 times. Voted to three Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro four times.


BRIAN MITCHELL – RB/KR/PR – 1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants

One of the most productive kick/punt returners in NFL history. Ranks first in record book in number of returns and yards in both categories. A two-time All-Pro choice, 23,330 combined net yards is second all-time.

STEVE TASKER – ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Earned seven Pro Bowl invitations as a special teams player. Only person in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl MVP honors at that position (1993). All-Pro choice five times and All-AFC seven seasons.

BILL ARNSPARGER – 1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants
Total of 20 seasons included three as head coach. Mastermind of Dolphins defense that captured six division, four conference championships and two Super Bowls. Also had one division, two conference championships and one league championship with the Colts.

DON CORYELL – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Revolutionized the modern passing game and led the NFL into an era of explosive offensive football. Coached teams to a 114-89-1 record and six division championships. Named 1974 Coach of the Year.

BILL COWHER – 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
A two-time NFL Coach of the Year (1992 and 2004). Led Steelers to eight division championships and a victory in Super Bowl XL. Overall record in 15 seasons: 161-99-1.

#TONY DUNGY – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
Suffered only one losing season in 13 years as head coach. Won six division titles, one conference championship, and one Super Bowl victory. Named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team.

TOM FLORES – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
One of only 13 coaches who have won two or more Super Bowls. Led teams to an overall record of 105-90 record. 1982 AFC Coach of the Year, 1982.

#JON GRUDEN – 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders, 2002-08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Compiled 100-85 overall record during 11-year career. Led teams to five division crowns, one conference championship and one Super Bowl title. Named NFL Coach of the Year by ESPN in 2002.

#MIKE HOLMGREN – 1992-98 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Led teams to an overall 174-122 record over a 17-year career. Compiled 14 winning seasons during career including eight straight from 1992-99. Led teams to eight division titles, three conference championships and one Super Bowl win.

JIMMY JOHNSON – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
Helped develop the Cowboys into the team of the ‘90s. Led them to two Super Bowl titles in just five years with the team. The 1990 NFL Coach of the Year, logged an 89-68 overall record in nine total seasons.

CHUCK KNOX – 1973-77, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
A three-time NFL coach of the Year and  four-time conference Coach of the Year recipient. Led teams to seven division championships and 193-158-1 record in 22 seasons.

BUDDY PARKER – 1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1956 NFL Coach of the Year,  led the Detroit Lions to back-to-back NFL championships in 1952-53. In 15 seasons as a head coach, compiled a 107-76-9 record.

RICHIE PETITBON – 1974-77 Houston Oilers, 1978-93 Washington Redskins
As Redskins defensive coordinator for 15 seasons, helped coach the team to five divisions, four conference and three Super Bowl championships.

DAN REEVES – 1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
Earned NFL Coach of the Year honors (1984, 1993, 1998) with all three teams he coached. Won six division and four conference championships. Overall record is 201-174-2.

LOU SABAN – 1960-61 Boston Patriots, 1962-65, 1972-76 Buffalo Bills, 1967-1971 Denver Broncos
Two-time AFL Coach of the Year and led the Bills to back-to-back AFL championships (1964-65). Career record after 16 seasons, 97-101-7.

MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER – 1984-88 Cleveland Browns, 1989-1998 Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002-06 San Diego Chargers
Led three teams to a total of eight division championships. Earned 2004 NFL Coach of the Year honors. Overall record in 21 seasons was 205-139-1.

CLARK SHAUGHNESSY – 1944-47 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
Longtime assistant coach for George Halas and the Chicago Bears. Regarded as one of the greatest football minds. Devised multiple schemes on offense and defense, most notably the T-formation.

DICK VERMEIL – 1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Two-time NFL Coach of the Year (1979, 1999), Led three different teams to division championships. Led Rams to Super Bowl XXXIV victory. Overall record is 126-114-0 in 15 seasons.


K. S. (BUD) ADAMS, JR. – Owner – 1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Founder of franchise and member of the “Foolish Club” as one of original AFL owners. Has been at helm of franchise that claimed nine division titles, 21 playoff appearances, two AFL championships, and one Super Bowl berth.

BOBBY BEATHARD – Team Executive/General Manager  – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
As a longtime general manager in the NFL,  built multiple teams into winners. Collectively, clubs have claimed 10 division crowns, one AFL title, and four Super Bowl championships.

GIL BRANDT – Team Executive/Personnel Director – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
Vice President of Personnel that helped the Cowboys become one of the most dominating teams in league history. Noted for innovative scouting and personnel systems that are today standard practice in the NFL.

LEO CARLIN – Team Administrator – 1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
Vital member of Eagles organization and has managed ticket operations for the team since 1960s. Pioneered many innovations in the ticketing industry.

RED CASHION – Official – 1972-1996 National Football League
Served for 25 seasons as on-field official, first as a line judge before becoming a referee, from 1972 to 1996. Officiated nearly 500 NFL games that include 20 postseason contests. Served as referee for two Super Bowls (XX and XXX).

JACK KENT COOKE – Owner – 1974-1997 Washington Redskins
Washington franchise won more than 200 games during tenure as the team owner.  The team qualified for the playoffs 11 times and advanced to the Super Bowl four times that included victories in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI.

OTHO DAVIS – Trainer – 1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Spent two-plus decades in the NFL as an athletic trainer. Was recognized as Professional Trainer of the Year five times (1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1987).

*EDWARD DEBARTOLO, JR. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
During tenure, 49ers captured 13 divisional titles, made 16 playoff appearances, advanced to the NFC championship game 10 times and became the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls. San Francisco posted the best winning percentage in the NFL in both the 1980s and 1990s.

RON GIBBS – Official – 1940-1962 National Football League Served as a referee for 23 seasons in the NFL. He worked every NFL championship game except four between 1942 and 1960 that included one stretch of five straight title games.

JERRY JONES – Owner/President/General Manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys Innovative leader on team and league level. Took over Cowboys in 1989 and quickly transformed team into Super Bowl champions. Under guidance, Cowboys have won eight division, three NFC, and three Super Bowl championships. Guiding force behind concept, design, and completion of the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium.

EDDIE KOTAL – Scout – 1947-1961 Los Angeles Rams Regarded as NFL’s first full-time scout, pioneered modern scouting techniques and earned reputation of discovering hidden talent across the country. During service with the Rams, the team won four division titles and the 1951 NFL championship.

ROBERT KRAFT – Owner – 1994-Present New England Patriots Led dramatic turnaround of franchise and created dynasty team. In two decades of ownership, franchise has captured 12 division titles, six AFC crowns, and three Super Bowl titles. The team’s six conference titles and six Super Bowl appearances are the most of any NFL owner in the Super Bowl era.

ELMER LAYDEN – Commissioner – 1941-46 National Football League Named NFL’s Commissioner in 1941. Reign came at critical period as America officially entered World War II. Worked during difficult times to maintain the momentum NFL gained in the 1930s.

ART MCNALLY – Official/Administrator – 1959-present National Football League Spent nine seasons (1959-1967) as on-field official, one year as field judge and eight as referee. In 1968, he was appointed as the NFL’s Supervisor of Officials. Credited with bringing technology to the NFL and implemented in-depth training for official by using video.

*ART MODELL – Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens Spent 43 seasons of full ownership in NFL. Influential chairman of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee for 21 years. In all, Browns made seven NFL/AFC championship game appearances and the Ravens played in three AFC championship games and won Super Bowl XXXV.

BILL POLIAN – Team President/General Manager – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts Built three franchises into winners. In all, guided teams to 13 division titles, five conference championships, and one Super Bowl victory.

STEVE SABOL – President, NFL Films – 1964-2012 Distinguished filmmaker whose artistic vision helped revolutionize the way fans watch the NFL. Won 35 individual Emmys in numerous categories and in 2003 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

PAUL TAGLIABUE – Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League During 17-year tenure as the NFL’s Commissioner, oversaw growth of the league from 28 to 32 teams, supported the construction of 20 new stadiums, negotiated successive labor agreements, create league-wide Internet network, and secured the largest television rights deals in entertainment history.

JIM TUNNEY – Official – 1960-1991 National Football League Served as NFL referee for 32 seasons. Among 29 playoff assignments were ten championship games and serving as the referee for three Super Bowls (VI, XI, XII).

RON WOLF – Team Executive/General Manager – 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers Orchestrated turnaround of once down-trodden franchise. Under tutelage and excellent drafting of players, the Packers claimed back-to-back NFC championships, three straight division crowns, and a victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

GEORGE YOUNG – Team Executive/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League Noted for excellent personnel evaluation knowledge, greatest fame came when turned around the Giants franchise. Under leadership, the team ended long postseason draught by capturing four NFC East titles and victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

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