Hall of Fame welcomes McCallum

Running back established 26 school records at Navy

May 08, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Style and grace - on and off the field - were running back Napoleon McCallum's calling cards as he left an indelible mark on Navy's program and college football.

Now he has been elected to the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as a reward for an exceptional career. Twelve other players and two coaches also were named to the Hall yesterday.

"This is like the icing on the cake or the gravy on your plate," McCallum said yesterday from Las Vegas, where he owns two businesses, a signs and graphics company and a pre-paid legal documents company. "I never dreamed about the Hall of Fame. I was just playing football and was lucky to play against a lot of great teams - Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois and Georgia Tech."

McCallum, who played from 1981 to 1985, ranks among the NCAA's top all-around players.

His 7,172 all-purpose yards rank second all-time, and he set 26 school records. McCallum is the 20th Navy player selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

McCallum said his biggest thrill at Navy was "beating Army in my final game. I never lost to Army. I was 3-0-1 against them."

McCallum, who played six years in the NFL for the then-Los Angeles Raiders before a knee injury ended his career, said his election to the Hall is "not all about me. I have to thank the teams I played with. You have to tap into that."

In addition to McCallum, the Hall of Fame Class of 2002 includes two players already named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, safety Ronnie Lott of Southern California and tight end Kellen Winslow of Missouri. The other players in the class are: Dan Marino, Pittsburgh; Reggie White, Tennessee; Reggie McKenzie, Michigan; Terry Beasley, Auburn; George Franck, Minnesota; Cosmo Iacavazzi, Princeton; John Jefferson, Arizona State; Randy Rhino, Georgia Tech; Jerry Sisemore, Texas; and Gary Spani, Kansas State.

The two coaches are Earle Bruce, best known for his stop at Ohio State, and Yale's Carmen Cozza.

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