Rice, Howard not selected
Illinois will have to wait at least another year to add to its collection of College Football Hall of Famers.
Dana Howard and Simeon Rice, who were on the ballot for the first time, were passed over by Hall voters this year. The class of 14 players and two coaches was announced Thursday in Irving, Texas.
The former Illini will continue to receive consideration in the future.
Lou Tepper, who coached Rice and Howard, thinks they will earn the honor.
“They deserve to be,” Tepper said.
He knew they could play when they first arrived on the Illinois campus. Both became All-Americans.
“It’s a great credit to them, to their families, to Illinois,” Tepper said. “Trust me, the Lord blessed me with great talent.”
The last Illini inducted was receiver David Williams in 2005.
The new Hall class includes two players from current Big Ten schools: Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz and Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan.
The list also featured NFL stars Tony Boselli (Southern Cal), Willie Roaf (Louisiana Tech), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), Derrick Thomas (Alabama) and LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU).
Here is the list of former Illini in the College Football Hall of Fame:
NAME YEAR INDUCTED
Alex Agase 1963
Bob Blackman 1987
Al Brosky 1998
Dick Butkus 1983
Chuck Carney 1966
J.C. Caroline 1980
Pete Elliott 1993
Jim Grabowski 1995
Red Grange 1951
Edward Hall 1951
Bart Macomber 1972
Bernie Shively 1982
David Williams 2005
George Woodruff 1963
Buddy Young 1968
Bob Zuppke 1951