NEW YORK (AP) — Tommie Frazier waited a couple years longer than many Nebraska fans felt was appropriate to get into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Being snubbed didn't bother Touchdown Tommie. He's just glad the call finally came and that so many appreciated his play.
Frazier is one of 12 former players who were to be inducted by the National Football Foundation in the College Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York.
Also among the inductees were Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde, Danny Wuerffel and Ron Dayne and former coaches Wayne Hardin of Temple and Navy and Bill McCartney of Colorado.
Frazier guided the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and '95, played a year in the Canadian Football League. He was selected for Hall of Fame induction in the third year he was eligible.
For Huskers fans, and anyone else who watched Frazier run Nebraska's prolific triple-option offense, that was way too long.
"I think the fans were speaking for me," Frazier said Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria hotel before the latest class of Hall of Famers were inducted during an awards banquet.
"I'm not the type of person that's going to promote himself or say I deserve this or deserve that. I'm truly blessed that it happened when it happened."
The rest of the Hall of Fame class included: Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; the late Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Don Trull of Baylor; Percy Snow of Michigan State and Orlando Pace of Ohio State.
Snow and Pace were sitting only a few feet away from each other on the dais, separated by Shoate's sister, Charlotte Gordon.
Snow, the former Spartans linebacker, couldn't help but do some playful gloating about Michigan State's recent Big Ten championship game victory against Ohio State with a former Buckeyes great so close.
"Big Ten champs. 2013 Big Ten champs," Snow said, glancing at Pace, who shook his head and laughed. "I don't get to rub it in Ohio State's face too much."
Michigan State earned its first Rose Bowl trip since 1987 by spoiling the Buckeyes' unbeaten season.