Big Ten: Moe Gardner

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Well, you were engaged, apparently you hate Buzz Aldrin, foot problem, and we're going to spend the rest of our lives together.
I just realized that during my brief foray into Big Ten hoops, I forgot to post the complete list of candidates on the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. My bad.

Not surprisingly, the Big Ten is well represented with 16 former players and three former head coaches. The league has five players on the ballot for the first time -- Iowa tight end Marv Cook, Michigan tackle Jumbo Elliott, Illinois defensive tackle Moe Gardner, Ohio State running back Eddie George and Penn State guard Steve Wisniewski -- as well as one former coach, Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez. The ballot also includes two former Heisman Trophy winners from the Big Ten: Michigan's Desmond Howard and Ohio State's Eddie George.

Nine of the 11 conference schools are represented (Minnesota and Northwestern don't have candidates this year).

Check out the full ballot, and here's the Big Ten contingent:

PLAYERS
  • Otis Armstrong, Purdue, Running Back, 1970-72
  • Dave Butz, Purdue, Defensive Tackle, 1970-72
  • Marv Cook, Iowa, Tight End, 1985-88
  • D.J. Dozier, Penn State, Running Back, 1983-86
  • Jumbo Elliott, Michigan, Offensive Tackle, 1984-87
  • Dave Foley, Ohio State, Offensive Tackle, 1966-68
  • Moe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive Tackle, 1987-90
  • Eddie George, Ohio State, Running Back, 1992-95
  • Kirk Gibson, Michigan State, Wide Receiver, 1975-78
  • Mark Herrmann, Purdue, Quarterback, 1977-80
  • Desmond Howard, Michigan, Wide Receiver, 1989-91
  • Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back, 1974-76
  • Tom Nowatzke, Indiana, Fullback, 1961-64
  • Jim Otis, Ohio State, Fullback, 1967-69
  • Percy Snow, Michigan State, Linebacker, 1986-89
  • Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard, 1985-88
COACHES
  • Barry Alvarez: Wisconsin (1990-2005)
  • William "Lone Star" Dietz: Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Inst., Kan (1929-32), Albright, Pa. (1937-42)
  • Darryl Rogers: Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)

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March, 12, 2010
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Spring ball in the Big Ten is less than 24 hours away. Check your pulse.

Illinois' Mount Rushmore

February, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Illinois rounds out the list of team-by-team Rushmores. I'll take a look at the Big Ten's Rushmore on Tuesday.

Despite struggling for the better part of the last 15 years, Illinois boasts several of college football's all-time greats. 

I doubt I'll get much argument with these selections, though there were some tough choices. Illinois enjoyed periods of success during the 1920s, 1960s and 1980s.

I realize my list challenges the historian inside each of you, but Illinois' not so recent past was simply too impressive to ignore. 

  • Red Grange -- Quite possibly the most dominant player in college football history, Grange earned All-America honors in each of his three seasons with Illinois and was the first recipient of the Big Ten MVP award in 1924. Grange accounted for 2,646 yards of offense and 34 touchdowns at Illinois. He's a charter member of both the pro and college football Halls of Fame and was ESPN's pick as the greatest college football player ever. 
  • Dick Butkus -- The namesake of the Butkus Award remains one of college football's greatest defensive players. Butkus twice earned first-team All-America honors, won the Big Ten MVP in 1963 and led Illinois to a Rose Bowl win on Jan. 1, 1964. He averaged 14.4 tackles a game in his Illini career and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1964. Butkus and Grange are the only Illinois players to have their numbers retired.
  • Jim Grabowski -- A two-time All-American, Grabowski finished his career as the Big Ten's all-time leading rusher. Like his teammate Butkus, he placed third in the Heisman Trophy voting and claimed Big Ten MVP honors, both in 1965. He won Rose Bowl MVP honors after rushing for 125 yards in Illinois' win against Washington. Grabowski also excelled as a student and was a longtime radio analyst for Illinois football.
  • Robert Zuppke -- Zuppke laid the foundation for Illinois' early success on the gridiron, serving as head coach for 29 years. He was an offensive innovator and coached Illinois to four national titles and seven conference championships. The field at Memorial Stadium is named after Zuppke, who coached Grange and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. 
Others considered for Illinois' Rushmore included: Tony Eason, Jeff George, Dana Howard, Alex Agase, Moe Gardner, J Leman, Kevin Hardy and Kurt Kittner.

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