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Posts Tagged ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame.’

Cincinnati St. Xavier grad Kuechly wins Lott Award


Luke Kuechly (courtesy of Boston College athletics)

The 2011 Ronnie Lott Award came down to four finalists: Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont’a Hightower from Alabama, Manti Te’o of Notre Dame and Boston College’s Luke Kuechly. Most felt that Acho and Hightower would win.

The winner is Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly. The award is named after the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, who played like a linebacker.

The award honors on-field performance and personnel character among defensive players.

Kuechly, a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. Xavier High School, also won the Butkus and Lombardi awards as the nation’s top linebacker.


Info compiled from Boston College athletics, Radio & TV news

Nantz to be honored with Rozelle Award on August 5


Jim Nantz on NFL Today set in November 2001 (photo by Wasted Time R via wikipedia commons)

Announcer Jim Nantz will be honored this year’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame for “longtime contributions to radio and television in professional football.” At 52-years-old, he is the youngest recipeint ever to receive the Rozelle Award.

He will receive the award August 5 during a dinner the night before the enshrinement ceremony.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Nantz is well-known for playing on the University of Houston golf team with roommates Fred Couples and Blaine McAllister, who went on to play on the PGA Tour.

Nantz has been the lead play-by-play voice for CBS’s NFL coverage since 2004.

Nantz is also an honoree of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002. He, Dick Enberg and Gowdy are the only broadcasters to be recognized by the football and basketball halls of fame.


compiled from staff, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Radio & TV

Johnson, Hall of Fame running back dies at age 81


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Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson, who made #35 famous, died at the age of 81 on Friday in Tracy, California.

He was drafted into the NFL in 1953 out of Arizona State University.

Johnson played for San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Houston.

Johnson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after a 14-year NFL career.

A four-time Pro Bowl player, Johnson gained 6,803 career yards rushing to put him fourth on the NFL’s all-time list when he retired with Houston in 1966.


compiled from staff, NFL & TV news

Hall of Fame RB Perry dies at 84


Joe Perry (file photo)

Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry, who became the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, has died at age 84.

Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 1969 after playing 16-years in the National Football League, 14 with the San Francisco 49ers and two with the Baltimore Colts.

Perry is the 49ers career leader in rushing yards with 7,344 and touchdowns rushing with 50.

The famous running back who wore #34, was undrafted out of Compton Community College.


compiled from staff, San Francisco 49ers, NFL, Radio & TV news

Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced its list of finalists.

Running backs Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk and cornerback Deion Sanders are among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2011 class.

Martin, Bettis and Faulk are among the NFL’s top 10 yardage rushing leaders, and are eligible for the first time.

Sanders and offensive tackle Willie Roaf also are eligible for the first time.

The other finalists are receivers Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter; center Dermontti Dawson; defensive ends Richard Dent, Charles Haley and Chris Doleman; defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, and tight end Shannon Sharpe, along with NFL filmmmaker Ed Sabol.

The 15 finalists, along with senior nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter, will be considered for induction February 5, the day before the Super Bowl.

The Hall of Fame induction enshrinement will be in August in Canton, Ohio.

Info courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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