FB: Three Big Ten Players and One Coach Named to 2011 College Football Hall of Fame

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The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, announced today the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision class. Michigan State's Gene Washington, Minnesota's Sandy Stephens, Ohio State's Eddie George and former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr were on the list of honorees.

At his time at Michigan State, Washington earned two-time All-America honors and Academic All-America accolades while helping the Spartans to winning consecutive national championships in 1965 and 1966. Washington is Michigan State's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown grabs and chosen eighth overall in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's Stephens is the 18th Golden Gopher to enter the College Football Hall of Fame after being a consensus First Team All-American in 1961 and finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Stephens is a member of Minnesota's All-Century Team, making him one of five Golden Gophers to have his jersey retired by the university.

Eddie George of Ohio State ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. During his senior season, George won the Heisman Trophy en route to becoming the fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.

During his 13-year tenure at Michigan, former head coach Lloyd Carr captured five Big Ten Championships including the Wolverines' first national championship team in nearly half a century. Carr's players won 14 national awards and 23 players earned First Team All-America honors.

Nebraska's Will Shields was also included on the 14-player list, after leading the Cornhuskers to back-to-back Big Eight crowns, a unanimous All-American honoree and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award.

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