Published January 13, 2015
Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde of Miami-Florida, Ron Dayne of Wisconsin and Danny Wuerffel of Florida highlight the 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision class for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A total of 12 players and two coaches were selected for enshrinement. Induction ceremonies are set for Dec. 10 in New York.
Joining the trio in this year's class will be Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier, Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace, Arizona defensive end Tedy Bruschi, North Carolina State tailback Ted Brown, Texas defensive back Jerry Gray, Kentucky end Steve Meilinger, Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate, Michigan State linebacker Percy Snow, Baylor quarterback Don Trull and coaches Bill McCartney and Wayne Hardin.
"We could not be more proud to announce the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said National Football Foundation chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. "These players and coaches are some of the greatest to have ever participated in our sport, and we offer our most sincere congratulations to each of them for this incredible achievement."
Testaverde won the 1986 Heisman and becomes the sixth Hurricane to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was 23-3 as Miami's starting quarterback, helping the Hurricanes to three consecutive bowls from 1984-86, including the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship after the 1986 season.
Dayne became the first FBS player to reach 7,000 career rushing yards, concluding his career at Wisconsin with 7,125. The 1999 Heisman winner led the Badgers to four straight bowl games and was the MVP in three of those appearances, including back-to-back Rose Bowl titles.
Wuerffel won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while leading Florida to the national championship. He was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and finished his career with a 45-6-1 mark as the Gators quarterback.
Frazier led Nebraska to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and '95. He was the 1995 Heisman runner-up and helped the Cornhuskers to a record of 33-3 with four straight bowl games from 1992-95, winning MVP honors in the Orange Bowl after the '94 season and Fiesta Bowl after the '95 campaign.
Pace was fourth in the '96 Heisman balloting, the highest finish for a lineman since 1980, and was a two-time unanimous First-Team All-American. He was the first player to repeat as winner of the Lombardi Trophy, taking the top lineman award in both 1995 and '96.
Bruschi anchored Arizona's "Desert Swarm" defense from 1992-95, finishing his career with a then-NCAA record 52 sacks.
Brown still holds ACC records with 4,602 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns, set during his career with NC State from 1975-78.
Gray was a two-time First-Team All-American and helped Texas to four straight bowl games from 1981-84, winning Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors in 1983 and '84.
Meilinger, selected by the Veterans Committee, was a two-time All-American from 1951-53 at Kentucky under legendary head coach Bear Bryant.
Shoate, who died in 1999, helped Oklahoma to the 1974 national championship and was a two-time All-American, earning Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Snow was the first player in college football history to win both the Lombardi and Butkus trophies in the same season, and was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl after the 1987 season when the Spartans beat Southern California.
Trull threw for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns for Baylor from 1961-63, leading the nation in passing yards and touchdowns during his senior season.
McCartney led Colorado to the 1990 national championship. He guided the Buffs to a record of 93-55-5 with three Big Eight titles and nine bowl games in 13 seasons from 1982-94.
Hardin posted a record of 118-74-5 with Navy from 1959-64 and Temple from 1970-82. He coached Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) at Navy and is the all-time winningest coach in Temple history.
Among the notables not elected from the ballot of 77 candidates were 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch of Nebraska, Notre Dame's Rocket Ismail, South Carolina's Sterling Sharpe, SMU's Eric Dickerson, Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth and TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson.