The Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game are thrilled to join the University of Iowa and the University of Oklahoma in welcoming two Rose Bowl Game alums into the College Football Hall of Fame, former Hawkeye standout Andre Tippett and former Iowa player and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.
Tippett was a consensus First Team All-American for the Hawkeyes in the 1981 season and lead Iowa to their first Rose Bowl Game in 23 years. He was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and helped Iowa break a streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons. Tippett was enshrined in the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Hawkeye legend was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft and played his entire professional career with the Patriots (1982-93). Tippett was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1985 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He is the Patriots all-time leader in sacks (100) and fumbles recovered by a defensive player (19). Tippett was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999 and serves as the teams Executive Director of Community Affairs.
Stoops is just one of 11 people to have played and served as a head coach in a Rose Bowl Game. The former Oklahoma head coach was a junior cornerback for Iowa in the 1982 Granddaddy of Them All and later served as a graduate assistant coach under College Football and Rose Bowl Hall of Famer Hayden Frye in the 1986 Rose Bowl Game.
Stoops became the Sooners head coach in 1999 and is the only coach in college football history to win a BCS national championship and all four BCS bowl games (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange). Oklahoma was selected to play Washington State in the 2003 Rose Bowl Game and won, 34-14. Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history and was a two-time national coach of the year. He led the Sooners to 10 Big 12 Championships and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year six times.
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