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Flutie tapped for college football hall

Ex-Boston College QB elected in first year of eligibility

May 10, 2007

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— Doug Flutie was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility, joining Ahmad Rashad and Anthony Thompson in the newest class of players and coaches honored by the National Football Foundation.

Flutie won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 as quarterback for Boston College, the same season he pulled off one of the most famous plays in college football history. His 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan as time expired gave the Eagles a 47-45 victory over Miami.

The 5-foot-10 Flutie passed for 10,579 yards in his college career, and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL and eight in the Canadian Football League. On Tuesday, Flutie became the first non-Canadian elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

The other new Hall of Famers are Oklahoma center Tom Brahaney, Michigan defensive back Dave Brown, Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis, Texas defensive back Johnnie Johnson, Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern, Houston defensive tackle Wilson Whitley, Dartmouth linebacker Reggie Williams, Southern California linebacker Richard Wood and Notre Dame defensive tackle Chris Zorich.

Herb Deromedi, who won 110 games as coach at Central Michigan over 13 seasons, also was elected.

Rashad was known as Bobby Moore during his college career at Oregon, where he played running back and wide receiver and was a three-time all-Pac-8 selection (1969-71).

Thompson ran for 5,299 yards for Indiana from 1986-89, finished second in the Heisman voting in '89 and held the Division I record for career touchdowns (65) until 1998.

The latest Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet in December and enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind., during the summer of 2008.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno, elected to the Hall of Fame last year, will be inducted and enshrined with this year's class. Paterno's induction was postponed last year because he was still recovering after breaking his leg during a game against Wisconsin in November.

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