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“When you experience the death of a loved one there’s always firsts. This is a first. We had the first family vacation, the first birthday, the first Christmas. This is just another first,” he said.

Others being enshrined were: New Mexico State halfback Pervis Atkins; Maryland Eastern Shore halfback Emerson Boozer; Marshall wide receiver Troy Brown; Arizona defensive back Chuck Cecil; Auburn fullback Ed Dyas; BYU tight end Gordon Hudson; Cal Lutheran linebacker Brian Kelley; Harvard center William Lewis; Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe; Stanford receiver Ken Margerum; UMass tight end Milt Morin; Iowa linebacker Larry Station; Georgia Tech defensive end Pat Swilling; Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom; Willie Jeffries, who coached at Howard, Wichita State and South Carolina State; and Ted Kessinger, who coached at Bethany.