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KNUTE ROCKNE, DICK VERMEIL AND KI-JANA CARTER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROSE BOWL HALL OF FAME

8/26/2014 12:30:00 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (August 26, 2014) – The Tournament of Roses today announced that Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter will headline the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at noon PT on December 30 at the Pasadena Convention Center, two days before the 101st Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

“We are thrilled to announce the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2014,” said Tournament of Roses Executive Director Bill Flinn. “These three individuals are great representatives of our game and we’re honored to add them to our distinguished list of Hall of Fame inductees.

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to pay tribute to members of the Rose Bowl Game who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game, and those who embody the highest level of passion, strength, tradition and honor associated with The Granddaddy of Them All®.

With this year’s class, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame now includes 113 inductees over its 25-year history. Inductees are honored with a permanent plaque that includes their name and year of induction at The Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl Stadium and are announced on the field during the Rose Bowl Game.

During his 13 years as head coach at Notre Dame, Knute Rockne led the Fighting Irish to national prominence and a 105-12-5 record. His .881 winning percentage tops the lists for both college and professional football coaches. Rockne’s teams earned three national championships and had five undefeated seasons. In 1925, under Rockne’s leadership, Notre Dame defeated Stanford, 27-10, in the Rose Bowl Game. The game was the first post-season bowl appearance in the school’s history. A member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, Rockne was also a dedicated family man to his wife, Bonnie, and their four children; William, Knute, Jean and John. In 1931, at the age of 43, Rockne tragically passed away in a plane crash. As one of the most-renowned coaches in the history of college football, his impact on the sport has been long lasting with legacies of popularizing the forward pass and making Notre Dame a major presence in college football.

Dick Vermeil holds one of the most distinguished coaching careers in the sport’s history. He retired from football in 2006, following 15 seasons as an NFL head coach, a 14-year career in broadcasting, as well as coaching stints in both college and high school football. Vermeil became the head football coach at UCLA in 1974 and led the Bruins to a Rose Bowl Championship over the No. 1- ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan 1, 1976. Later that year, Vermeil began his 15-year tenure as a NFL head coach when he was hired to guide the Philadelphia Eagles. In his seven seasons with the team, Vermeil engineered four playoff appearances, highlighted by a NFC Championship win over the Dallas Cowboys and an appearance in Super Bowl XV vs. the Oakland Raiders in 1980.  He left coaching in 1982 to begin a broadcasting career, appearing as an NFL and college football analyst for CBS and ABC. Vermeil is the only person to have coached a winning team in the Rose Bowl and also broadcast a game years later. In 1997, Vermeil returned to the NFL as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and led the team to its first Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season, beating the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. He ended his coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs, which he led to the NFL playoffs in 2003. Vermeil and his wife, Carol, have been active in a number of charitable endeavors and supportive of many worthy causes. They reside in Pennsylvania and have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Ki-Jana Carter was an All-American running back for Penn State University from 1992-1994. He led the 1994 Nittany Lions to a 12-0 undefeated season and a berth in the Rose Bowl, while finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting and earning consensus first-team All-American honors. Carter earned co-MVP honors in the Rose Bowl, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He ran for an 83-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game, which is the third-longest run in Rose Bowl history and the longest run in Penn State bowl history. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Carter with the first overall pick of the 1995 NFL Draft and he played eight seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints. Carter currently lives in Sunrise, Fla., and is the CEO of a certified minority-owned company called ByoGlobe and an online store, ByoGlobe.com

The luncheon is open for public attendance. For more information about tickets, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

 

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