Dave Casper elected to College Football Hall of Fame
From Staff, Wire Reports May 15, 2012 10:40PM
Updated: May 16, 2012 12:57AM
Former St. Edward star and Elgin Sports Hall of Fame inductee Dave Casper was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Casper lined up all over the field in his career at Notre Dame from 1971-73, though he became a star at tight end. He led the Fighting Irish to the 1973 national title and played 11 NFL seasons with the Raiders, Oilers and Vikings. He went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Casper played three years of football at St. Edward before moving to Chilton, Wis. In his junior year at St. Edward he caught 15 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns, punted 38 times for 1,265 yards, and was named to the divisional all—conference team.
Art Monk of Syracuse and Jonathan Ogden of UCLA are among 14 former players who have been selected.
Former coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson, who coached Miami and Oklahoma State, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M also were selected.
It was announced Monday that Heisman Trophy winner and BYU star Ty Detmer was picked for the Hall of Fame.
The other players who will be inducted by the National Football Foundation into the hall in December are:
Running backs Charles Alexander of LSU and Otis Armstrong or Purdue; quarterbacks Steve Bartkowski of California and Tommy Kramer of Rice; defensive backs Scott Thomas of Air Force and Greg Myers of Colorado State; split end Hal Bedsole of Southern California; defensive end Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech; linebacker Mark Simoneau; and guard John Wooten of Colorado.
Monk played receiver at Syracuse from 1976-79, leading the team in receiving three straight seasons. He is sixth in school history with 3,899 all-purpose yards. He went on to a long NFL career with the Redskins and New York Jets, catching 819 passes and making it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ogden won the Outland Trophy was the nation’s top lineman in 1995, his final season with the Bruins before being taken as the fourth overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft by the Ravens.