After weeks of anticipation, the selections for the All-Century Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame were announced at Tournament House on Sunday. Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America executive director, read the names and had a bit of a surprise when the attendees were not too happy with one selection.
Richardson was on the dais with broadcaster Keith Jackson, Tournament of Roses executive director William Flinn, chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee Libby Wright, and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. The event included the announcement of the teams playing in the 2014 Rose Bowl and BCS Championship games and the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.
The FWAA chose three finalists for each decade of the game, and selected one from those names to be inducted into the All-Century class. Two tied for the 1930s, so there are 12 inductees instead of 11. From those inductees, and All-Century Player and All-Century Coach were chosen.
Links to articles about each set of finalists are in “Football Writers Assn. to pick all-century Rose Bowl Game hall of famers.”
Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class
1900s-1910s, George Halas, Great Lakes Navy
1920s, Ernie Nevers, Stanford
1930s, Don Huston, Alabama and Howard Jones, USC
1940s, Charley Trippi, Georgia
1950s, Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1960s, John McKay, USC
1970s, Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1980s, Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1990s, Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
2000s, Vince Young, Texas
2010s, Montee Ball, Wisconsin
All-Century Player, Archie Griffin
All Century Coach, John McKay
When Vince Young’s name was read, a chorus of boos caught Richardson off guard. Keith Jackson was quick to explain the reason for locals’ reaction. It dates back to a questionable play in the 2006 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Texas, which was also the BCS National Championship game.
“Vince Young goes down on one knee, pitched the ball to a kid in the end zone, and got a free touchdown,” he said. He was trying to figure out, “Who am I going to tear into?” over the missed call. “Why wasn’t it called on the replay?” It turned out the wrong tape was played for the referees. “Well, why didn’t we open the damn door?” Jackson, who was in the ABC booth, asked. “We played it 28 times!”
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