Orlando Pace selected for College HOF

Former Ohio State All-American Orlando Pace, a 1994, will join others as members in the newest class for the College Hall of Fame.
Fandy.com Staff
May 10, 2013

Other notables include two-time national champion Tommie Frazier of Nebraska and former Browns quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who starred at the University of Miami.   

The class of 12 players and two coaches was chosen by the National Football Foundation.   

The rest of the players to be inducted in December are: Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; 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.    Pace is considered one of the most dominant offensive linemen in college football history. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1996.   

Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to make the Hall.   

After arriving in Columbus from Sandusky, he took over a starting position from his first day of preseason camp as a freshman at Ohio State in 1994. Among his accomplishments at OSU: n In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award

In 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice; n He was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996

He was first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996

In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy

He was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.   

Pace’s college coach remains convinced of his first-mover and No. 1 status.   

Pace started every game – 38 in all – between 1994-96 before bypassing his senior year to enter the NFL Draft.   

Still considered as one of the most dominant offensive linemen ever to play the game, the 6-6, 330-pound Pace made the “pancake block” famous his junior year by knocking an opposing player to the ground a reported 80 times.

The Ohio State Athletics Department promoted Pace that year with the “Pace Pancake,” a colorful magnet about the size of one’s palm that can still be spotted every now and then on some fan’s refrigerator or file cabinet.   

Ohio State’s team MVP in 1996 when he helped the team to a Big Ten co-championship, Pace was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year in 1994 and the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1995 and 1996.   

After being chosen as the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Rams, Pace went on to a 13-year career in the league.

He was a member of the Rams’ 1999 Super Bowl championship team and was the anchor of an offensive line that paved the way for the team’s “greatest show on turf” offenses that featured the NFL’s MVP for three consecutive years (Kurt Warner in 1999 and 2000 and Marshall Faulk in 2001).   

Pace was named All-Pro five times and he was voted into seven Pro Bowl games. He started 154 consecutive games in his career that included 12 years with St. Louis and one season with Chicago.   

Wuerffel won the Heisman in 1996, when he led the Gators to the national championship, throwing for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns.   

He finished with college career as one of the most prolific passers in major college football history with 10,875 and 114 TD passes.   

Frazier was a four-year starter running coach Tom Osborne’s option attack, and helped the Huskers to national titles in 1994 and ‘95. His tackling-breaking 75-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Nebraska’s 62-24 victory over Wuerffel and Florida in the 1996 Orange Bowl national title game.   

Frazier finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1995 as a senior and finished his career with 5,476 total yards of offense and 79 total touchdowns.   

Dayne, who won the Heisman in 1999, is the NCAA’s career rushing leader with 6,397 yards rushing, though his bowl game yards would boost his career total past 7,000 yards if he played at a time when the NCAA counted them in season stats.

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lifetimeresident

Good for him. And he gave back to the community. He got rid of Big O's.