The Haggar Gold Jacket Report is a weekly update on recent news surrounding the very select group of men who’ve earned a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Class of 2012 Hall of Fame defensive end/linebacker CHRIS DOLEMAN was a standout athlete at William Penn High School in York, Pa. It was announced by State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York that the State House is expected to adopt a resolution next Monday, May 21, to recognize Doleman for his recent election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Doleman was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He played 15 seasons with the Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Doleman recorded 10 or more sacks in a season eight times and racked up 150.5 career sacks which placed him fourth all-time at the time of his retirement.
Two Pro Football Hall of Famers, DAVE CASPER (Class of 2002) and ART MONK (Class of 2008), have been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation this week.
The 17 inductees, all of whom will officially enter the Hall at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City's Waldorf-Astoria on Dec. 4, 2012 were selected from a national ballot of 76 candidates.
"We are extremely proud to announce the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. "Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult, but Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court do an amazing job of selecting a diverse group of the most amazing players and coaches in our sport's rich history. This class is certainly no exception, and we look forward to honoring them and celebrating their achievements throughout the year ahead."
Casper, a former Notre Dame tight end, spent two years as an offensive tackle with the Irish before switching to tight end for the second half of his college career (1972-73). He was named team captain, Notre Dame's offensive MVP, and a consensus All-American during his senior season, while helping lead the Fighting Irish to a national title that year.
Following his collegiate career Casper was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft. In 11 NFL seasons, that also included time with the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings, Casper had 378 receptions for 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns. He earned All-Pro honors in four consecutive seasons (1976-79).
Monk starred at running back for the University of Syracuse during his sophomore and junior seasons. He made the switch to wide receiver during his senior season where he became an All-American in 1979.
A first-round pick by Washington Redskins in the 1980 NFL Draft, Monk showed his worth as a receiver when he set then-NFL records for catches in a season (106), most consecutive games with at least one reception (183) and career receptions (820). He becomes the 18th player or coach from Syracuse to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Another Pro Football Hall of Famer will be honored, when the late LEE ROY SELMON is inducted into the University of South Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. Selmon left a permanent imprint on the university when he dedicated two decades to USF. In 1993, he was initially hired as assistant athletic director and chief fundraiser when the school inaugurated its football program. He served as athletic director from 2001-04, and then became president of the USF Foundation's Partnership for Athletics, a role he served until his sudden death on Sept. 4, 2011.
Lee Roy will be joined in USF’s fourth Hall of Fame class by men's basketball player Chucky Atkins, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, and Jessica Dickson, USF's all-time leading scorer for women's basketball.
Selmon, Atkins and Dickson will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the USF Sun Dome on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 – one night before the Bulls host Florida State University in football.
"Lee Roy was about more than athletics,'' USF athletic director Doug Woolard said.” I think the entire university understood that he had integrity and credibility. The way he lived his life made him a role model for everyone at USF.''
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HOF Bios: Dave Casper | Chris Doleman | Art Monk | Lee Roy Selmon
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