The College Football Hall of Fame held its enshrinement ceremony in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night, officially welcoming a group of 24 former players and coaches into the sport’s shrine.
The group included former Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski, former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and four players who already are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Art Shell, Dave Casper, Art Monk and Jonathan Ogden).
The ceremony was held in a packed ballroom of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, next door to the site of the Hall of Fame’s future home, which is under construction and scheduled to open in August 2014.
Here is the group enshrined Wednesday night:
Players: Charles Alexander, RB, LSU, 1975-78; Otis Armstrong, RB, Purdue, 1970-72; Steve Bartkowski, QB, California, 1972-74; Hal Bedsole, SE, USC, 1961-63; Dave Casper, TE, Notre Dame, 1971-73; Ty Detmer, QB, BYU, 1988-91; Shelby Jordan, LB, Washington University (St. Louis), 1969-72; Tommy Kramer, QB, Rice, 1973-76; Joe Micchia, QB, Westminster College (Pa.), 1987-89; Art Monk, WR, Syracuse, 1976-79; Greg Myers, DB, Colorado State, 1992-95; Jonathan Ogden, OT, UCLA, 1992-95; Gabe Rivera, DT, Texas Tech, 1979-82; Art Shell, OT, Maryland Eastern Shore, 1964-67; Mark Simoneau, LB, Kansas State, 1996-99; Scott Thomas, DB, Air Force, 1982-85; Jeff Wittman, FB, Ithaca College (N.Y.), 1989-92; and John Wooten, OG, Colorado, 1956-58.
Coaches: Frank Cignetti, Indiana (Pa.), 1986-2005; James “Boots” Donnelly, Austin Peay, 1977-78, Middle Tennessee State, 1979-98; Jess Dow, Southern Connecticut State, 1948-65; Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee, 1992-2008; Jimmy Johnson, Oklahoma State, 1979-83, Miami, 1984-88; and R.C. Slocum, Texas A&M, 1989-2002.