The names Ron Dayne, Orlando Pace, and Percy Snow – they are about as notable as they get in Big Ten lore and on Tuesday the National Football Foundation announced the election of all three to the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class. Overall it's perhaps one of, if not the most decorated classes in quite some time.
We didn't even include the name of Tommie Frazier, only because the man never played a down of football in the Big Ten, so it's hard to really claim him as our own. That said, congrats to one of the biggest names of the 1990's and to the Husker fans, who rightfully should be celebrating today.
So to should Ohio State fans for Orlando Pace, simply one of the best offensive lineman, not just of his era, but of all-time on the collegiate level. Pace was a two time unanimous All-American selection for the Buckeyes, playing between 1994-96. He won the Outland and Lombardi trophies twice during his collegiate career before moving on to a pro career that will see him in the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH as soon as he's eligible in 2015. Pace was so dominate that he didn't allow a single sack in his final two years in Columbus.
Wisconsin's Ron Dayne still holds the all-time career rushing record in FBS history at 6,397 yards (not including bowl games) and rushed for 7,125 yards in total if you include those games, which is now the case. He had 71 total touchdowns in his career as well as being named the Heisman Trophy winner in 1999. Dayne also led the Badgers to back-to-back Rose Bowl births in 1999 and 2000.
The blast from the past belongs to Percy Snow, a name the younger of our readers may not remember, who played for Michigan State from 1986-89. He was the first player in history of college football to win the Butkus and Lombardi awards in the same season (1989), and was named a unanimous first team All-American that year. His 473 career tackles sees him 2nd on the all-time list for the Spartans. He was also named MVP of the 1988 Rose Bowl, the last time MSU made the Granddaddy of them all.
It's safe to say these are three of the most deserving players this class has in it. If you want to know the full class you can click here.
Next season we won't see any Spartans, Huskers, Buckeyes, or Badgers elected to the hall as there is a rule against back-to-back years with players from the same team being selected. Looking forward to next year there were 11 players on this year's ballot that didn't get selected and weren't members of the four schools that had players elected this season.