Tim Brown Named To College Football Hall of Fame

April 30, 2009

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Tim Brown, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-American, today was named to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

Brown was one of 16 former college players and two coaches named to the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Class, as announced in New York by Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation.

The '09 class will be inducted at the 52nd annual awards dinner on December 8, 2009, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The players and coaches will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend in summer 2010.

Brown becomes the 43rd former Notre Dame player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The Irish have six former coaches in the Hall and the 49 total enshrines are the most of any NCAA institution, the most recent being Lou Holtz in 2008.

The first wide receiver to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, Brown became the seventh Notre Dame player to be heralded as the most outstanding player in the nation in 1987. He set 19 school records during his Irish career and earned the nickname "Touchdown Timmy."

Brown's head coach, Lou Holtz, called Brown the most intelligent football player he had ever been around and was later quoted as saying, "I can't imagine that there's anyone else who can have such a major effect on a football game in as many ways as Tim Brown can."

For his career, Brown averaged 116.8 all-purpose yards per game and totaled 22 touchdowns. He totaled a then-school record 2,493 receiving yards with 12 receiving TDs and averaged 18.2 yards per catch. Brown averaged 23.4 yards on 69 career kickoff returns with three returned for TDs and averaged 13.2 yards on 36 punt returns and three TDs.

The two-time All-American (1986, 1987-unanimous) set a single-season record with 1,937 all-purpose yards as a junior in 1986. As a senior, Brown ranked sixth nationally with 167.9 all-purpose yards per game and also was awarded the Walter Camp Award.

Brown led all Irish receivers as a sophomore in 1985 with 25 catches for 397 yards and three TDs and started 10 games. As a freshman, he set the freshman record with 28 receptions (since broken by Duval Kamara in 2007 and Michael Floyd in 2008).

Selected in the first round (sixth overall) in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, Brown played 16 seasons with the franchise, earning him the title Mr. Raider. He holds the NFL rookie record for most combined yards gained (2,317) and became the oldest player to return a punt for a touchdown in 2001. A member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade team, he was named to nine Pro Bowls and hauled in an NFL record 75 receptions in 10 straight seasons.

Born Timothy Donell Brown on July 22, 1966, Brown grew up in Dallas, Texas, and attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he played football, basketball and track as well as served as vice president of his senior class and sports editor of the school newspaper. Brown graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1988.

Brown is the national chairman of Athletes & Entertainers for Kids and currently resides in DeSoto, Texas.

All-Time Notre Dame College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Year    Player                       Position          Years Played
1951    George Gipp                  HB                1917-20
1951    Elmer Layden                 FB                1922-24
1954    00.html" >Frank Carideo                QB                1928-30
1958    Harry Stuhldreher            QB                1922-24
1960    John Lujack                  QB                1943, 46-47
1963    George Connor                OT                1946-47
1965    Jack Cannon                  G                 1927-29
1966    Edgar (Rip) Miller           OT                1922-24
1966    Jim Crowley                  HB                1922-24
1968    Adam Walsh                   C                 1922-24
1970    Don Miller                   HB                1922-24
1971    Louis (Red) Salmon           FB                1900-03
1972    Angelo Bertelli              QB                1941-43
1972    Ray Eichenlaub               FB                1911-14
1973    Leon Hart                    TE                1946-49
1974    Marchy Schwartz              HB                1929-31
1974    Heartley (Hunk) Anderson     OG                1918-21
1975    John (Clipper) Smith         OG                1925-27
1976    Creighton Miller             HB                1941-43
1977    Zygmont (Ziggy) Czarobski    OT                1942-43, 46-47
1978    Frank (Nordy) Hoffmann       OG                1930-31
1979    John Lattner                 HB                1951-53
1982    Bert Metzger                 OG                1928-30
1983    Bill (Moose) Fischer         OG                1945-48
1983    Bill Shakespeare             HB                1933-35
1984    Emil (Red) Sitko             HB                1946-49
1985    Paul Hornung                 QB                1954-56
1985    Fred Miller                  T                 1926-28
1987    Tommy Yarr                   C                 1929-31
1988    Bob Williams                 QB                1948-50
1990    Wayne Millner                E                 1933-35
1992    Jim Lynch                    LB                1964-66
1993    Alan Page                    DE                1964-66
1994    Jerry Groom                  C / LB            1948-50
1995    Jim Martin                   E/T               1946-49
1997    Ken MacAfee                  TE                1974-77
1999    Ross Browner                 DE                1973, 1975-77
2000    Bob Dove                     E                 1940-42
2001    Ralph Guglielmi              QB                1951-54
2004    Joe Theismann                QB                1968-70
2005    John Huarte                  QB                1962-64
2007    Chris Zorich                 DT                1987-90
2009    Tim Brown                    WR                1984-87


Year    Coach           Record       Years Coached
1951    Knute Rockne    105-12-5     1918-30
1970    Frank Leahy     87-11-9      1941-43, 46-53
1971    Jesse Harper    34- 5-1      1913-17
1980    Ara Parseghian  95-17-4      1964-74
1985    Dan Devine      53-16-1      1975-80
2008    Lou Holtz       100-30-2     1986-96

2009 College Football Hall of Fame Class

Pervis Atkins - HB, New Mexico State (1958-60)
Tim Brown - WR, Notre Dame (1984-87)
Chuck Cecil - DB, Arizona (1984-87)
Ed Dyas - FB, Auburn (1958-60)
Major Harris - QB, West Virginia (1987-89)
Gordon Hudson - TE, Brigham Young (1980-83)
William Lewis* - C, Harvard (1892-93)
Woodrow Lowe - LB, Alabama (1972-75)
Ken Margerum - WR, Stanford (1977-80)
Steve McMichael - DT, Texas (1976-79)
Chris Spielman - LB, Ohio State (1984-87)
Larry Station - LB, Iowa (1982-85)
Pat Swilling - DE, Georgia Tech (1982-85)
Gino Torretta - QB, Miami (Fla.) (1989-92)
Curt Warner - RB, Penn State (1979-82)
Grant Wistrom - DE, Nebraska (1994-97)
* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee, deceased

Dick MacPherson - 111-73-5 (.601) - Massachusetts (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90)
John Robinson - 132-77-4 (.629) - Southern California (1976-82, 1993-97), Nevada-Las Vegas (1999-2004)



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