Hall of Fame adds three from SEC schools
May, 22, 2014
By Jeff Barlis | ESPN.com
The College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday announced its 16-member Class of 2014. It included the late, great Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas (1985-88), Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls (1985-88) and South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe (1983-87, although the Gamecocks were not yet part of the SEC when Sharpe played).
Here's a quick look at each inductee:
- Thomas won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1988 when he set a Crimson Tide record with 27 sacks as a senior. He was the fourth overall draft pick in the 1989 NFL draft. Thomas had an NFL Hall of Fame career that was cut short by a car accident that cost him his life at 33.
- Walls played defensive end in his first three years for the Rebels. He moved to linebacker as a senior and then shifted to tight end full-time, earning first-team All-America honors after catching 36 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns. He was drafted in the second round in 1989 and played 13 years in the NFL.
- Sharpe was the Gamecocks' all-time leading receiver when he left school in 1987 as a first-team All-American, finishing with 169 catches for 2,497 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was picked seventh overall in the 1988 NFL draft and was a five-time All-Pro during a seven-year career that was shortened by a neck injury.
Ivan Maisel: Thomas' election to the college football Hall was long overdue. The reason is simple: Alabama didn't nominate him until 2011.
Podcast: Maisel and Matt Barrie reflect on the careers of the newest members to the College Football HOF.
Photo gallery: Hall of Fame Class of 2014
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Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State