SOUTH BEND, IND. Barry Sanders scampered and threw a 20-yard pass that Joe Theismann stood waiting to intercept. Darrell Green bolted in front of his former teammate to catch the TD pass.
The three were out of position, yet all were right where they belonged Saturday, playing in the annual flag football game before being enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame.
"It's like coming home," said Theismann, who 34 years ago played just five minutes away, at Notre Dame.
Among the 17 players enshrined Saturday were late USC tailback Ricky Bell, Pittsburgh tackle Jimbo Covert, SMU receiver Jerry LeVias and Georgia quarterback John Rauch. Five coaches were also enshrined, including Doug Dickey, who coached at Tennessee and Florida, and Hayden Fry, who coached at SMU, North Texas State and Iowa.
For Sanders, the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma State and a Wichita native, it was his second hall of fame ceremony in six days. On Aug. 8, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I have to get away for a couple of days and let it all sink in," he said. "To be inducted in both is beyond my wildest dreams."
At the banquet Saturday night, Sanders also joked about a comment his father, William Sanders, made during his induction into the pro hall that his son was the third best running back ever, behind Jim Brown and himself.
"I'm thinking his stats have incredibly improved over the years," Sanders said.