Three B1G greats inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
Three of the best players in B1G history earned themselves one of college football’s top honors.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class today the the site of the College Football Playoff National Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz.
On that list of 16 new members were three defenders from three different B1G schools. The B1G inductees were Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin) and Rod Woodson (Purdue).
Cousineau was a two-time All-American linebacker for the Buckeyes in the late 1970s, and he helped Ohio State to three B1G titles. At the time, his 572 career tackles were an all-time record.
He still holds the program’s single-season record for solo tackles in a season (211) and tackles in a game (29).
“I am stunned. I am humbled. And I am truly honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame class,” Cousineau said in a statement Friday from his home in Akron. “I know there are so many great, great players who will never see the College Football Hall of Fame. It is my understanding that it is really tough to get consensus with so many great players on the ballot, so the fact I have been elected into the Hall of Fame is a testament to the incredible teammates I was fortunate to play alongside and just wonderful news to receive.
“I am very appreciative and thankful for this honor.”
Krumrie became the first Badger defender ever to earn a College Football Hall of Fame nod. The converted linebacker became one of the program’s all-time defensive greats at nose tackle during the early 1980s. Krumrie led the Badgers in tackles all four years, and is the school’s career leader in solo tackles.
Despite the fact that he was drafted in the 10th round, Krumrie made two Pro Bowls in his 15-year NFL career.
Woodson, a fellow B1G All-American defender in the 1980s, will join Krumrie in the 2016 class. At Purdue, Woodson was a Jim Thorpe Award runner-up and he was one of four players in school history to earn first-team All-B1G honors three times.
He ranks in the top five in school history in interceptions (tied for third), interceptions returned for touchdowns (second), solo tackles (second), total tackles (fourth) and kickoff return yards (fifth).
“Without a doubt, Rod is the most extraordinary athlete that I was associated with during my playing days at Purdue and in the NFL,” former teammate Calvin Williams said in a statement. “His selection to the College Football Hall of Fame is well deserved for a player of his stature.”
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The former B1G players on the ballot that missed out were:
Morten Andersen (Michigan State K), Erick Anderson (Michigan LB), Keith Byars (Ohio State RB), Kerry Collins (Penn State QB), Jumbo Elliott (Michigan OL), Moe Gardner (Illinois DT), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State WR), Dana Howard (Illinois LB), Mark Messner (Michigan DT), Jim Otis (Ohio State FB), Antwaan Randle El (Indiana QB), Simeon Rice (Illinois LB), Bob Stein (Minnesota DE), Taylor Stubblefield (Purdue WR), Andre Tippett (Iowa DE) and Lorenzo White (Michigan State RB),
The class will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame Dec. 6, 2016, at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.