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Carson Palmer, David Fulcher lead college Hall of Fame class

Jan 11, 2021, 11:42 AM | Updated: 12:54 pm
(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)...
(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Arizona State’s David Fulcher are among the 13 former players and coaches who make up the latest College Football Hall of Fame class.

The National Football Foundation announced the newly elected hall of famers Monday. This class will be inducted in December.

Joining Palmer and Fulcher will be former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and versatile running backs Darren Sproles of Kansas State and C.J Spiller of Clemson; offensive tackles Harris Barton of North Carolina and Aaron Taylor of Notre Dame; defensive stars Dan Morgan of Miami; Kenneth Sims of Texas; Andre Tippett of Iowa and Al Wilson of Tennessee. Former Eastern Illinois quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo was also selected for induction along with former Florida A&M coach Rudy Hubbard.

Palmer won the Heisman in 2002 for the Trojans and then went on to be the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished his NFL playing career with the Arizona Cardinals, throwing for 16,782 yards and 105 touchdowns on 62.5% passing (1,373-of-2,197) over five seasons (2013-17).

Fulcher becomes the 13th Sun Devil to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of just three Sun Devils to be named a two-time consensus All-American. Fulcher recorded 12 interceptions to go along with 293 tackles during his three years at Arizona State.

Fulcher was selected in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played eight years in the NFL for Cincinnati (1986-92) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), making three Pro Bowls.

Stoops coached Oklahoma from 1999-2016, leading the Sooners to their last national championship in 2000. Oklahoma went to two more BCS title games with Stoops and won 10 Big 12 championships.

He is the sixth Oklahoma coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer.

Stoops and Tippett were teammates on the Iowa’s Big Ten championship team in 1981.

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