Badgers star Dayne elected to College Football Hall of Fame
Jay Sorgi with the Associated Press
WISCONSIN IOWA November 13, 1999 Wisconsin Football senior Ron Dayne runs for a record 37 yard run, setting an NCAA rushing record in the second quarter of the Badger, Iowa Hawkeye game at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin Saturday, November 13, 1999. The Badgers won the Big Ten title with a x-x win over Iowa, returning for the second straight year to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena., after Michigan upset Penn State earlier in the day. (Journal Sentinel photo.)Photo: Image by Joe Koshollek
MADISON - Wisconsin Heisman Trophy running back Ron Dayne has another honor bestowed upon him: College Football Hall of Famer.
He earned the nod in an announcement made Tuesday.
Dayne is the NCAA's all-time leading rusher among Division 1 FBS schools.
He won the Heisman in 1999, the year when he broke the rushing record on the day the Badgers clinched the 1999 Big Ten Title over Iowa.
He eventually ran for 7,125 yards as a Badger.
“I’m very excited and thrilled to be mentioned with the greatest names in college football history,” Dayne said in a statement. “This is a tremendous honor for me and the university. As with everything in my career, I see this as a team honor and something I never could have achieved without my teammates and coaches.”
13 people with Wisconsin ties have made the College Football Hall of Fame, including the other Heisman winner from UW, Alan Ameche.
The rest of the players to be inducted in December are: Miami Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, whose selection was announced Monday; Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; Orlando Pace of Ohio State; Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Percy Snow of Michigan State; and Don Trull of Baylor.
The new Hall of Fame coaches are Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temple, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.