NEW YORK — Former Oklahoma halfback Clendon Thomas and Lawton native Will Shields are among the 14 players chosen for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas was a key cog in OU's back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956. He led the nation in scoring in 1956 and was a consensus All-American in 1957. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, four with the St. Louis Rams and seven with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Shields, a former Nebraska standout, was a consensus first-team All-America guard and 1992 Outland Trophy winner. Shields helped lead the Huskers to three NCAA rushing titles before starting his long career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Shields called his election “an honor” and said that he was shocked.
He added, “As coach (Tom) Osborne would say, it is one of those indelible ink moments, that once you are selected into the Hall of Fame, your name will be listed there forever, regardless of what else may happen from this moment on.”
This year's class is loaded on the defensive line. Defensive tackles Marty Lyons of Alabama, Russell Maryland of Miami, Doug English of Texas and Rob Waldrop of Arizona are slated for induction.
Also headed for the Hall are Deion Sanders, who turned cornerback into a glamour position at Florida State from 1985-88, and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who won 75 percent of his games and the 1997 national championship in 13 seasons leading the Wolverines.
The rest of the players in the class revealed Tuesday were: Florida receiver Carlos Alvarez, Oregon State fullback Bill Enyart, Georgia defensive back Jake Scott, Minnesota quarterback Sandy Stephens, West Virginia linebacker Darryl Talley, and Michigan State receiver Gene Washington.
Fisher DeBerry, who led Air Force to a winning record in 17 of his 23 seasons as Falcons coach, will also be inducted in December.
The Hall of Fame selection of 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George from Ohio State was announced Monday.