Legendary coaches Knute Rockne and Dick Vermeil and All-American running back Ki-Jana Carter will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014 on Dec. 30, 2014, it was announced by the Tournament of Roses in a media release on Aug. 26. They will be honored with a permanent plaque at The Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
“We are thrilled to announce the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2014,” said Tournament of Roses Executive Director Bill Flinn. “These three individuals are great representatives of our game and we’re honored to add them to our distinguished list of Hall of Fame inductees.”
Knute Rockne was the head coach at Notre Dame for 13 years, leading the Fighting Irish to a 105-12-5 record. He is the winningest coach in both college and professional football with a .881 percentage. His teams won three national championships and had five undefeated seasons. Notre Dame played in only one Rose Bowl Game, defeating Stanford 27-10 in 1925. This game was the first post-season bowl game for the school. Rockne died in a plane crash at age 43 in 1931.
Dick Vermeil put 32 years into football, as a high school, college and professional coach as well as 14 years in the broadcast booth for CBS and ABC. He took over the UCLA Bruins in 1974 and led them to a Rose Bowl championship in 1976 by defeating the No. 1-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 23-10. Later that year, he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles, taking them to Super Bowl XV in 1980. He left in 1982 for a stint behind the microphone, and took up coaching again in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV after the 1999 season. Vermeil finished his coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He holds the distinction of being the only person to both coach a winning Rose Bowl Game team and broadcast a game years later.
Ki-Jana Carter played running back for Penn State University from 1992 to 1994, helping the 1994 Nittany Lions to a 12-0 season and place in the Rose Bowl. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting and earned consensus first-team All-American honors that year. After rushing for 156 yards and scoring three touchdowns, Carter tied for MVP in the game. He holds the record for the third-longest Rose Bowl game run and longest in Penn State bowl history at 83 yards. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995 and played eight NFL seasons with the Bengals, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor three individuals each year who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. There are now 113 inductees, who are honored with a trophy and blazer as well as the plaque at the stadium. The induction luncheon for the Class of 2014 is open to the public; ticket information will be posted when it is available.
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