Thursday, May 27, 2010
Big 12 sends three to Hall of Fame
By ESPN.com staff
Two Big 12 players and a coach are among 14 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2010.
Ray Childress spent two seasons dominating on the defensive line for the Texas A&M's defense in the mid-80s. He was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Southwest Conference selection after racking up 25 sacks and 241 tackles in his final two seasons.
His 360 career tackles and 25 sacks rank fifth all-time in school history, and Childress was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the third pick in the 1985 NFL Draft.
Alfred Williams helped the Buffaloes capture the 1990 national title and won the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker. He also earned All-American honors in 1989 and 1990. He's the school's all-time leader in sacks, with 35.
Williams is the program's fifth Hall of Fame selection, and the school plans to honor him with a celebration surrounding the Sept. 18 home game, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
"I'm speechless," Williams said. "I'm honored ... I've been nervous all day. I was supposed to be waiting for some kind of envelope, and I was sitting around the house waiting for it all day. I started to think it wasn`t going to come."
Williams had been on the list of nominees for the last three years. "I was beginning to think it wasn't going to happen," he said.
[...]At one point after being told of the honor, Williams teared up in the radio studio and briefly took a break from the show.
Gene Stallings might be best known for winning a national title at Alabama in 1992, and being a part of Bear Bryant's staff for championships in 1961 and 1964, but his first head coaching job came as a 29-year-old in College Station. He was also one of Bryant's "Junction Boys" at A&M before joining his staff at Alabama when his playing career was up.
In 1967, under Stallings' direction, the Aggies won the Southwest Conference title.
Here are the other inductees for the Class of 2010, who will be enshrined later this year.
- Dennis Byrd, NC State
- Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas
- Randy Cross, UCLA
- Sam Cunningham, USC
- Mark Herrmann, Purdue
- Clarkston Hines, Duke
- Desmond Howard, Michigan
- Chet Moeller, Navy
- Jerry Stovall, LSU
- Pat Tillman, Arizona State
- Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin