Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney among Hall inductees

The Associated Press - Updated: December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am • Published: December 10, 2013 | 10:30 pm 0

NEW YORK - Tommie Frazier waited a couple years longer than many Nebraska fans felt was appropriate to get into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Being snubbed didn't bother Touchdown Tommie. He's just glad the call finally came and that so many appreciated his play.

Frazier is one of 12 former players who were to be inducted by the National Football Foundation in the College Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York.

Also among the inductees were Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde, Danny Wuerffel and Ron Dayne and former coaches Wayne Hardin of Temple and Navy and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

Frazier guided the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and '95, played a year in the Canadian Football League. He was selected for Hall of Fame induction in the third year he was eligible.

For Huskers fans, and anyone else who watched Frazier run Nebraska's prolific triple-option offense, that was way too long.

"The fans were speaking for me," Frazier said Tuesday.

"I'm not the type of person that's going to promote himself or say I deserve this or deserve that. I'm truly blessed that it happened when it happened."

The rest of the Hall of Fame class included: Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; the late Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Don Trull of Baylor; Percy Snow of Michigan State and Orlando Pace of Ohio State.

Snow and Pace were sitting only a few feet away from each other on the dais, separated by Shoate's sister, Charlotte Gordon.

Snow, the former Spartans linebacker, couldn't help but do some playful gloating about Michigan State's recent Big Ten championship game victory against Ohio State with a former Buckeyes great so close.

"Big Ten champs. 2013 Big Ten champs," Snow said, glancing at Pace, who shook his head and laughed. "I don't get to rub it in Ohio State's face too much."

Michigan State earned its first Rose Bowl trip since 1987 by spoiling the Buckeyes' unbeaten season.

Frazier played before college football reached its current spread-football stage, when dual-threat quarterbacks are so common and put up gaudy statistics. He ran for 1,955 yards and 5.7 per carry with 36 touchdowns in four seasons at Nebraska and passed for 3,521 yards and 43 scores. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has put up numbers to rival those in a season now.

"If you look at my stats and my numbers they weren't the greatest but people appreciated the way I played the game and how I went out there and led my team to championships and didn't do anything to embarrass the sport," he said.

Nebraska went 33-3 with Frazier starting and those teams coached by Tom Osborne are considered some of the best in college football over the past 50 years.

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