Owls Figure Prominently In 2012 NFF Ceremonies

Alex Lyons

Dec. 3, 2012

The legends of college football have arrived in New York City and will gather at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday to honor both a new class on inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame as well as recognize excellence in the classroom and a pair of Rice Owls will figure prominently in the proceedings.

Former Rice All America quarterback Tommy Kramer will join with 13 other former players and three coaching greats who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, Rice freshman linebacker Alex Lyons will join four others regional winners in receiving the 2012 National Football Foudation National High School Athlete Awards. Lyons was selected from over 450,000 high school football players covered by NFF chapters throughout the country. He is the winner from the South region. One of his current Rice teammates, J.T. Blasingame, was a finalist for the South region as well.

Joining Kramer in this year's Hall of Fame class are: Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of California, Hal Bedsole of Southern California, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Ty Detmer of BYU, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau of Kansas State, Scott Thomas of Air Force, John Wooten of Colorado and coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State, Miami Fla., and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M.

Members of the induction class will meet the media on Tuesday morning and be inducted later on Tuesday evening in a black-tie dinner attended by nearly 1,700 . Owls fans can watch both the morning press conferences and the induction ceremonies on ESPN 3 starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, and then at 8:00 p.m. ET, fans can view the entire ceremony, which includes the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards.



Click here for the direct link to watch the press conference from 9 a.m. to Noon ET.

Click here for the direct link to watch the evening ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET

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Additionally, the events can be found live on the Official NFF mobile and tablet applications. The apps can be downloaded by searching "National Football Foundation" in the iTunes App Store or Android Market.



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