- Legendary Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace isn’t yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame though when his time comes, many believe he’ll be a strong candidate to earn a spot in Canton.
– But Pace has earned college football’s highest honor as it was announced Tuesday morning that he will be a part of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class.
– Pace is part of a 12-man class that will be inducted in December that also includes Miami Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, Heisman winner Tommie Frazier of Nebraska, Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel of Florida, Heisman winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Percy Snow of Michigan State; and Don Trull of Baylor.
§ In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award;
§ In 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice;
§ He was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996;
§ He was first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996;
§ In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy
– Perhaps more than anything, though, Pace is best known for making the “pancake block” famous and entering it into the football lexicon.
– Pancake became the term used for a block in which a defender was knocked to the ground by a blocker. Pace was marked down for an astounding 80 pancake blocks during his junior season which made him one of the few offensive linemen to ever garner legitimate Heisman Trophy consideration as college football’s best player.
– The College Football Hall of Fame is located in South Bend, Indiana. The induction ceremony will take place on Dec. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
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