Former Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton and ex-South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe have been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, highlighting a class of 14 players that also includes Derrick Thomas, LaDainian Tomlinson and Tony Boselli.
The induction ceremony will take place Dec. 9 at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York.
Hamilton, a Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1999, is the school’s all-time leader in total offense (10,640 yards).
Sharpe held virtually every receiving record when he left South Carolina after the 1987 season, including single-season receptions (74), career receptions (169), single-season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497).
The rest of the players who will be inducted during are: North Carolina cornerback Dre Bly; Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz; Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan; Maine linebacker John Huard; Stanford running back Darrin Nelson; UCLA quarterback John Sciarra; McNeese State defensive back Leonard Smith; and Mississippi tight end Wesley Walls. The two coaches who will join are Mike Bellotti, who coached at Oregon, and Jerry Moore, who coached at North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State.
REDSKINS: Half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur.
In one letter, 49 senators cited the NBA’s quick action recently to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was heard on an audio recording making offensive comments about blacks. They said Goodell should formally push to rename the Redskins.
“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” read the letter, which did not use the word Redskins.