Former Elon tight end Richard McGeorge has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class, the National Football Foundation announced Tuesday.
The class also includes former players Chris Bisaillon (Illinois Wesleyan, wide receiver, 1989-92), Jim Holder (Oklahoma Panhandle State, running back, 1961-63) and Rex Mirich (Northern Arizona, offensive tackle/defensive guard, 1960-63), and coaches Gene Carpenter (Adams State and Millersville), William "Lone Star" Dietz (Washington State, Purdue, Louisiana Tech, Wyoming, Haskell Indian Institute and Albright) and Ron Harms (Concordia, Adams State and Texas A&M-Kingsville).
The Divisional class inducts players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Divisions II and III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
Elon is a member of the FCS today, but the Phoenix played in the NAIA when McGeorge rewrote their receiving records book from 1966-69.
A two-time first-team All-American and an Academic All-American during his career, he finished as the school's career record-holder with 224 receptions for 3,486 yards and 31 touchdowns. The conference MVP also set single-season marks with 65 receptions for 1,081 yards, and single-game records with 15 catches, 285 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The 16th overall pick of the 1970 NFL Draft, McGeorge enjoyed a nine-year career with the Green Bay Packers.
Northern Arizona, an FCS program, also played in the NAIA when Mirich was a standout with the Lumberjacks. Bisaillon is entering the Hall of Fame from Division III and Holder from the NAIA. The coaches were not grouped by division on the Hall of Fame ballot.
This year's class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 20-21 in South Bend, Ind.
The NFF launched its Divisional Hall of Fame program in 1996 during its annual enshrinement festival. A total of 137 players and coaches, counting this year's class, have been inducted from the divisional ranks, including Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State) and coach Eddie Robinson (Grambling State).