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Sam "Bam" selected to College Football Hall of Fame

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 27, 2010 09:04 PM

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sam-cunningham-usc.jpegSam "Bam" Cunningham, one of three finalists for induction into the New England Patriots Hall of this year, will definitely be inducted into at least one hall this year:

Cunningham is one of 14 players and coaches who have been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2010 for his standout career at Southern California from 1970-72. Cunningham was an All-American with the Trojans in 1972 and was the star of the Rose Bowl in '73, scoring four touchdowns in a 42-17 win over Ohio State.

The Patriots' all-time leading rusher, USC's 1970 game against Alabama (in Alabama) and Cunningham's performance in it -- he had 130 yards and two touchdowns -- was credited with helping to integrate college football in the South.

The 13 other inductees, who will be honored with Cunningham at a December ceremony:

Coach Barry Alvarez - Wisconsin, 1990-2005
DT Dennis Byrd - North Carolina State 1964-67
C Ronnie Caveness - Arkansas, 1962-64
DL Ray Childress - Texas A&M, 1981-84
OG Randy Cross - UCLA, 1973-75
QB Mark Hermann - Purdue, 1977-80
WR Clarkston Hines - Duke, 1986-89
WR Desmond Howard - Michigan, 1989-91
DB Chet Moeller - Navy, 1973-75
Coach Gene Stallings - Texas A&M, 1965-71; Alabama, 1990-96
HB Jerry Stovall - LSU, 1960-62
LB Pat Tillman - Arizona State, 1994-97**
LB Alfred Williams - Colorado, 1987-90

** - deceased

(Photo from the USC website)

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