Stromberg headed to Hall of Fame

Hopkins wide receiver 1st to be named from school

College Football

May 12, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Bill Stromberg is still a little overwhelmed these days after finding out Saturday that he'll be the first Johns Hopkins player to be headed for the College Football Hall of Fame.

After all, Hopkins football players aren't exactly synonymous with such honors.

Stromberg is going in as a member of the divisional Hall of Fame class for 2004, which includes players and coaches from NCAA divisions I-AA, II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

"When I received the Federal Express letter Saturday, all I could think about were the many people who helped me get there," said Stromberg last night after the official announcement was made.

Stromberg established six national and 13 school records during a four-year career as a wide receiver (1978-81), earning first-team All-America honors in 1980 and '81.

A four-time all-conference first-team selection, Stromberg set school and NCAA Division III career records for receptions (258), receiving yards (3,776) and touchdowns (39).

Following graduation in 1982, the former Loyola High standout was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and played one exhibition season with them.

The 2004 divisional Hall of Fame class will be inducted during ceremonies at the Hall on Aug. 13-14 in South Bend, Ind.

The six players going into the divisional College Football Hall of Fame are Stromberg; Darrell Green, Texas A&I and Washington Redskins, defensive back (1978, 1980-82); Harold Davis, Westminster Pa., back (1953-56); Garney Henley, Huron, S.D., running back (1956-59); Jackie Hunt, Marshall, W.Va., back (1938-41); and Dan Ross, Northeastern, tight end (1975-78).

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