Wisconsin's Ron Vander Kelen has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as a representative from the 1960's. The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the sixth of a series of names that will be unveiled each Sunday throughout the remainder of the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.
In 1963, the University of Wisconsin made a valiant effort to comeback against the USC Trojans with only 14 minutes remaining in the game. Trailing 42-14, quarterback Ron Vander Kelen lit up the scoreboard, putting 23 points up for the Badgers before time ran out. In this game, he set three Rose Bowl single-game records for pass attempts (48), pass completions (33) and yards passing (401). To many, he orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the Trojans in the first No. 1 (USC) versus No. 2 (Wisconsin) bowl game in college football history. Vander Kelen was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.
The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on December 8, 2013, in Pasadena. For more information on the 100th Rose Bowl Game, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.