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NC State's Brown headed to CFB Hall of Fame

Posted May 7, 2013

— North Carolina State running back Ted Brown waited a while, but on Tuesday, was announced as part of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class.

Brown is still the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leader in career rushing yards with 4,602 and left NC State as the conference's leader in touchdowns with 51 (49 rushing). He led the Wolfpack to three bowl games, including taking home MVP honors in a 1979 Tangerine Bowl win.

“I’m appreciative of the honor," Brown said. "It states that you did something decent.

“We’ve had some NC State people in there (the College Football Hall of Fame), Jim Ritcher, Roman Gabriel, and now I can say I’m in. I’m truly blessed.”

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Brown was the first ever four-time All-ACC performer and in 1978, was named a consensus First-Team All-American. He set the ACC individual game rushing mark at the time in 1977 with 255 yards against Penn State and went over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He also holds the ACC mark for most 100-yard rushing games with 27.

Brown scored in 31 consecutive games from 1975-78 and averaged 5.9 yards per carry for his career. Brown finished his career fourth on the NCAA all-time rushing list behind Tony Dorsett, Archie Griffin and Ed Marinaro.

When asked about his initial reaction to the call, Brown said there was no call. He found out a different way.

“They didn’t call me. I got a package from the College Football Foundation on Monday," Brown said. "I didn’t know what it was. It had a football in it and a letter of congratulations. I said oh my gosh! Better late than never.”

Brown was a 1995 inductee into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and his No. 23 jersey was the first football jersey retired at NC State. He was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings where he played from 1979 to 1986. 

Joining Brown are Heisman Trophy winners Danny Wuerffel of Florida and Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, along with two-time national champion Tommie Frazier of Nebraska.

They are part of a class of 12 players and two coaches chosen by the National Football Foundation and revealed Tuesday.

The rest of the players to be inducted in December are: Miami Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, whose selection was announced Monday; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; Orlando Pace of Ohio State; Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Percy Snow of Michigan State; and Don Trull of Baylor.

The new Hall of Fame coaches are Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temple, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

Wuerffel won the Heisman in 1996, when he led the Gators to the national championship, throwing for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in coach Steve Spurrier's Fun-n-Gun offense.

He finished with college career as one of the most prolific passers in major college football history with 10,875 and 114 touchdown passes.

After a short NFL career, he retired to dedicate himself to Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans, where he played from 1997-99 with the Saints.

In 2011, Wuerffel was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder — GuillainBarré syndrome, which causes paralysis and problems with the nervous system but is treatable.

Frazier was a four-year starter running coach Tom Osborne's option attack, and helped the Huskers to national championships in 1994 and '95. His tackling-breaking 75-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on Nebraska's 62-24 victory over Wuerffel and Florida in the 1996 Orange Bowl national title game.

Frazier finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1995 as a senior and finished his career with 5,476 total yards of offense and 79 total touchdowns.

Dayne is the NCAA's career rushing leader with 6,397 yards rushing, though his bowl game yards would boost his career total past 7,000 yards if he played at a time when the NCAA counted them in regular season stats. The burly tailback won the Heisman for the Badgers in 1999.

Bruschi had 52 sacks as part of Arizona's Desert Swarm defenses during the mid-1990s.

Gray is one of the top defensive backs to play at Texas. He finished his career with 16 interceptions and 297 tackles.

Steve Meilinger was a star on offense, defense and special teams for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Kentucky in the early 1950s.

Orlando Pace is considered one of the most dominant offensive linemen in college football history. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1996.

Shoate led the Sooners in tackles for three straight seasons during his career from 1972-74.

Snow became the first player to win the Butkus award as the nation's top linebacker and the Lombardi as the top linemen or linebacker as a senior with Michigan State in 1989.

Trull passed for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Bears from 1961-63.

Hardin coached Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach to the Heisman Trophy at Navy in the 1960s, and then went on to become the most successful coach in Temple history.

McCartney helped turn Colorado from a cellar dwellar to a national title contender in the 1990s.

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  • 75Tarheel May 8, 12:50 p.m.

    Congratulations to Ted Brown. I was a student at UNC while he was breaking all kinds of records at State. Well deserved.

  • A take May 8, 10:57 a.m.

    I remember him running and running since his days of high school at High Point Andrews. Truly a gifted player. I'm glad he's finally getting recognition for his feats as an ACC player. Congratulations Ted.

  • Toddler10-21 May 8, 7:52 a.m.

    Well deserved. Don't understand why it took so long. Ted Brown, Kelvin Bryant probably the best in acc history at the RB position.

  • buddytuffy May 8, 6:59 a.m.

    WHAT A GREAT TIME TO WATCH COLLEGE FOOTBALL! WHEN TED PLAYED, YOU NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE THE ROOM. I MISS THOSE DAYS.

  • tayled May 8, 6:37 a.m.

    About time! Ted Brown was one of the best college running backs I've ever seen. Should have won the Heisman when he played.

  • PackisBack May 7, 3:15 p.m.

    Congrats!! Go Pack!!!

  • Hokies94 May 7, 2:06 p.m.

    Well deserving of this honor. Super player.

  • immaannoid May 7, 1:14 p.m.

    'Bout time.

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