DALLAS -- Six individuals who helped shape the tradition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history will be inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies on Tuesday, April 17.
AT&T Inc., and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association have announced the Hall of Fame “Class of 2007.” The honorees include long-time CBAA photographer Brad Bradley, Oklahoma A&M tailback Bob Fenimore, USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen, former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian, and Texas offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore.
The 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at Cotton Bowl Plaza in Fair Park. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., and is free and open to the public.
“The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame honors the many extraordinary individuals who have played a role in developing the tradition, pageantry and prestige of one of college football’s most historic post-season bowl games,” said Bruce Gadd, Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “We believe that the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides future generations with a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of college football on New Year’s Day here in Texas.”
A 35-member judging committee comprised of media representatives and athletic administrators voted from a list of 52 original nominees that included players, coaches, bowl administrators and others who have made special contributions to the Classic.
Selection criteria for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame include the following:
Voting is based solely upon an individual’s performance in, or contribution to, the Classic rather than on the person’s overall college or professional career.
An individual is eligible five years after their final Classic appearance.
“The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides the perfect opportunity to properly and permanently recognize these heroes and unique personalities who helped establish the Classic as one of college football’s premier events,” said José Gutiérrez, President and CEO of AT&T Southwest. “The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame has become home to a virtual who’s who of college football legends.”
The Class of 2007 is the seventh to be inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. The inaugural Class in 1998 included Syracuse halfback Jim Brown, Texas quarterback Bobby Layne, Rice halfback Dicky Maegle, Texas coach Darrell Royal, Cotton Bowl founder J. Curtis Sanford, “Mr. Cotton Bowl” Field Scovell, and SMU halfback Doak Walker.
The Class of 1999 featured TCU quarterback Sammy Baugh, Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, Kilgore Rangerettes founder Gussie Nell Davis, Houston linebacker David Hodge, Cotton Bowl Team Selection Chairman Felix McKnight, and Texas quarterback James Street.
The Class of 2000 honored Alabama and Kentucky coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Texas quarterback Duke Carlisle, Texas A&M linebacker Johnny Holland, Texas A&M fullback John Kimbrough, the longtime Voice of the Cotton Bowl Lindsey Nelson, Navy quarterback Roger Staubach, and TCU halfback Jim Swink.
The Class of 2001 recognized Texas defensive tackle Scott Appleton, Syracuse halfback Ernie Davis, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland, Rice and Clemson head coach Jess Neely, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips, Texas split end Cotton Speyrer, and Houston head coach Bill Yeoman.
The Class of 2003 was comprised of former CBAA Chairman Robert B. Cullum, Mississippi quarterback Eagle Day, Georgia tailback Kent Lawrence, LSU head coach Charles McClendon, SMU halfback Kyle Rote, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann, and Texas fullback Steve Worster.
The Class of 2005 honored UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, Arkansas halfback Lance Alworth, former CBAA executive director Jim “Hoss” Brock, Texas offensive guard Mike Dean, Tennessee fullback Andy Kozar, Tennessee tailback Hank Lauricella, Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell, and former Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame is one of several events developed by AT&T Inc., and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association to extend the Classic to the community and to future generations. Among these activities is the AT&T Cotton Bowl Art Contest involving more than 6,000 elementary children throughout Dallas and Richardson during the fall, and the AT&T New Year’s Eve Parade.
Since its first game in 1937, the Classic has hosted:
19 Pro Football Hall of Famers 11 Heisman Trophy winners
13 Outland Trophy winners 9 Maxwell Award winners
12 Lombardi Award winners 7 Walter Camp Award winners
In September 1996, AT&T Inc., became title sponsor of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, an agreement that will run through the year 2010.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic supports higher education through athletic competition. Three-quarters of every dollar generated by the AT&T Cotton Bowl has been returned to participating schools and conferences. Since 1937, the Classic has contributed nearly $160 million to participating institutions.
The mission of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association is to present the most innovative of all college football bowl games and to be the leader in creating premier college sports experiences for universities, student athletes, sponsors and the community.
AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
HALL OF FAME
THE CLASS OF 2007
BRAD BRADLEY, CBAA, PHOTOGRAPHER
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
CBAA Photographer: 1948-Present
Players and coaches have come and gone over the past 70 years, but there is one special personality that has remained constant at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. His name is James Bradley, but everyone calls him Brad. He jumped on the Southwest Conference football beat in the fall of 1947 and covered his first Cotton Bowl game on New Year’s Day, 1948, when the legendary Doak Walker was in his heyday. Through the years, Brad became college football’s favorite photographer. Few can match his years of service to a bowl game. A permanent fixture at the AT&T Cotton Bowl, his streak of consecutive games worked has reached an unprecedented 60 games.
BOB FENIMORE, OKLAHOMA A&M, TAILBACK
Ht. 6-2 Wt. 188 Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Woodward, Okla.
1945 Classic: Oklahoma A&M 34, TCU 0
Rushing: 16 attempts, 63 yards, 2 TDs
Passing: 6-13-1, 136 yards
Punt Returns: 1 return for 21 yards
Punting: 5 punts, 144 yards, 28.8 average
Bob Fenimore more than lived up to his All-America billing as a triple-threat competitor in the 1945 Cotton Bowl. The nation's total offense leader as a sophomore, the Blond Bomber ran and passed Oklahoma A&M to a resounding 34-0 victory over TCU. Fenimore, a single-wing tailback, scored twice on runs of one and eight yards. He was 6-13-1 passing for 136 yards, rushed for 63, and was responsible for 199 of the Cowboys’ 494 yards, a staggering number for total offense and the seventh best team performance ever at the Cotton Bowl. With the game well in hand, Fenimore and his fellow starters retired to the sideline at the end of the third quarter to celebrate the Classic's first shutout.
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON, USC, WIDE RECEIVER
Ht. 6-4 Wt. 205 Class: Junior
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
1995 Classic: USC 55, Texas Tech 14
Receiving: 8 receptions, 222 yards, 3 TDs
The word spectacular doesn't adequately describe the kind of day Keyshawn Johnson enjoyed in the 1995 Classic. Texas Tech found the graceful 6-4 receiver from USC impossible to stop. Johnson caught eight passes for 222 yards with three of them going for touchdowns. His first score came on a diving 12-yard grab in the corner of the end zone where he somehow managed to keep one foot inbounds. Johnson's second touchdown play, a 22-yard reception, was just as remarkable as his first. Johnson leaped high in the air to make the catch and then backpedaled four yards into the end zone while dragging a Tech defender with him. His last touchdown was an 86-yard sprint up the middle. No one word can describe Johnson’s performance that day in the Trojans’ 55-14 runaway victory.
DAT NGUYEN, TEXAS A&M, LINEBACKER
Ht. 6-0 Wt. 216 Class: Junior
Hometown: Rockport, Texas
1998 Classic: UCLA 29, Texas A&M 23
Defensive Statistics: 20 tackles, 15 unassisted
Tackles For Loss: 7 tackles for -20 yards
Interceptions: 1 interception, 19 return yards
Dat Nguyen was the classic example of big things coming in small packages. Nguyen was an undersized middle linebacker on Texas A&M’s celebrated ‘Wrecking Crew’ defense. What he lacked in size, Nguyen more than made up for in heart. He was absolutely sensational against UCLA in the 1998 Classic. He established a Cotton Bowl record with 15 solo tackles and added five assists for a grand total of 20 tackles. Seven of them resulted in 20 yards in losses. Late in the first quarter, Nguyen intercepted a Bruin pass at the Aggies’ 17-yard line. After a 19-yard return, he turned to his left and pitched the football to a teammate who dashed the remaining 64 yards for A&M’s first score. When the Aggies needed him the most, Nguyen always came up big.
COACH ARA PARSEGHIAN, NOTRE DAME
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Classic Coaching Record: 1-1-0
1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
A meticulous strategist and a fierce competitor with a doctrine of total preparation, Ara Parseghian was determined to turn the tables on top-ranked Texas. After Notre Dame's last-minute loss to the Longhorns in the 1970 Classic, the first bowl appearance for the Irish in 45 years, Parseghian longed for a second chance to derail unbeaten Texas. He got his wish one year later. For the 1971 rematch, Parseghian came up with a defensive game plan to stop the vaunted Texas Wishbone in its tracks. His scheme worked flawlessly. Notre Dame’s “mirror defense” held Texas to 216 rushing yards and forced the Horns into nine fumbles with the Irish recovering five of them. The 30-game Texas winning streak came to an abrupt 24-11 ending, and finally, Parseghian had plenty of reasons to smile.
JERRY SISEMORE, TEXAS, OFFENSIVE TACKLE
Ht. 6-4 Wt. 260 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior
Position: Offensive Tackle
Hometown: Plainview, Texas
1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1972 Classic: Penn State 30, Texas 6
1973 Classic: Texas 17, Alabama 13
1971 Team Statistics: 216 yards rushing, 210 yards passing, 426 yards in total offense
1972 Team Statistics: 159 yards rushing, 83 yards passing, 242 yards in total offense
1973 Team Statistics: 317 yards rushing, 61 yards passing, 378 yards in total offense
Press clippings come in abundant supply for quarterbacks, but for offensive linemen individual recognition is a rare occurrence...unless the lineman's name is Jerry Sisemore. A consensus All-American throughout his college career at Texas, Sisemore was a phenomenal athlete who possessed great balance, coordination and agility to dominate defenders at the point of attack and downfield. He was so quick off the ball that opponents often insisted he was offside. Sisemore started at right tackle in three consecutive Cotton Bowl Classics for the Longhorns. However, in his final performance in 1973, Sisemore literally bowled over Alabama, helping Texas pile up 317 rushing yards to earn a dramatic 17-13 victory over the Crimson Tide.