Rozier makes college hall of fame
By the Lincoln Journal Star and The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 02:36:43 pm CDT
Mike Rozier is a Hall of Famer.
The College Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Rozier, a Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska in 1983, is part of the 2006 Division I-A Hall of Fame Class.
The class also includes legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno. The new Hall of Famers will be inducted at the 49th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind., during ceremonies in the summer of 2007.
Rozier will become the 13th former Husker great in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Nebraska’s first inductee since fellow Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was part of the 2000 class. Nebraska is also well-represented by coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame with six former Husker coaches in the Hall of Fame, most recently Tom Osborne in 1998.
“I am honored to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame,” Rozier said through huskers.com. “It is such a great honor to be mentioned with the other Hall of Fame members who have gone before me and those who are in this class. I was fortunate that God gave me the talent to play the game I love. I loved my time at Nebraska and appreciate everything that my family, my coaches, the University and my teammates have done for me.”
Former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward also made it. Florida’s Emmitt Smith, who became the NFL’s career rushing leader, and Virginia Tech’s Bruce Smith, the NFL’s all-time sacks leader, are both going into the college Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
The rest of the class is Colorado running back Bobby Anderson, Miami safety Bennie Blades, Minnesota defensive tackle Carl Eller, Washington defensive lineman Steve Emtman, Baylor safety Thomas Everett, Air Force defensive lineman Chad Hennings, Tennessee guard Chip Kell, Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps and Stanford linebacker Jeff Siemon.
Rozier became the second player to run for more than 2,000 yards when he won the Heisman in 1983 and ran for 2,148 yards. He set NCAA records with 29 rushing touchdowns and 179 yards rushing per game that season as part of a Nebraska offense that ranks among the most prolific in college football history.
All I can say is, it's about damn time he goes in. It's nice to see he's going in with Joe Pa, and bowden. good class.