Oct. 10, 2012
Tommy Kramer NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments® Photo Gallery
Rice University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Tommy Kramer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Oct. 13 in Houston during the game between Rice and UTSA. Coverage of the game will start at 2:30 p.m. CT on Fox College Sports.
"It's not something that when you are growing up you thought about but as you get older you appreciate it more," said Kramer when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. "It's a great honor. I'm very happy and very humbled to be a part of that unique fraternity."
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee's Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.
One of only two quarterbacks in college football history to earn consensus All-America honors for a sub-.500 team since 1970, Tommy Kramer proved his worth by finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1976. Kramer played quarterback at Rice from 1973-76.
His on-campus recognition will take place 39 years to the day when he made his first career start for Rice. Kramer was the starting quarterback when the Owls hosted Notre Dame on October 13, 1973. One of Kramer's fellow 2012 inductees, Dave Casper, was the starting tight end for the Irish, while another future Hall of Famer, Ross Browner, was a freshman defensive end for Notre Dame.
"Tommy Kramer was a thrilling player to watch during his time at Rice," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "He carried the Owls during his time and Rice, and his style of play was truly ahead of its time. It will be a thrill to honor in front of the Owls faithful at Rice Stadium."
A consensus All-American in 1976, Kramer led the nation with 3,317 passing yards and 3,272 yards of total offense. Both marks ranked second in NCAA single-season history at the time. The 1976 Southwest Conference Player of the Year became the first player in league history to top 3,000 yards of total offense in a single season while also recording four of the top eight passing performances in SWC history. The San Antonio native held every career and single-season school record for passing and total offense for more than 30 years, and he led the Owls in passing all four years on campus.
Kramer becomes the sixth Rice player to be inducted, including (in chronological order with year of induction): Weldon Humble (1961), James Williams (1965), Bill Wallace (1978), Dick Maegle (1979), and Buddy Dial (1993). Two coaches with stops at Rice are in the hall: Jess Neely (1971) and John Heisman (1954).
Including the 2012 FBS class, only 918 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million people who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. This year's hall of fame class includes: Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-556