Dec. 6, 2006
NEW YORK -- Former Huskies defensive lineman Steve Emtman was among 14 players and coaches inducted Tuesday night into the College Football Hall of Fame during the National Football Foundation awards banquet.
"This is quite an honor," Emtman said during a news conference before the ceremony. "It is encouraging to be here on the dais with all these great men and football players.
"You develop respect and a family atmosphere while playing football. You strive as hard as you can to be successful in football and life. It is your duty to work hard and be an integral part of a team -- whether in life or the business world. College and college football were important to all facets of my life after them."
Emtman anchored a stifling defense on one of the most dominating UW teams in history. In 1991, the Huskies were co-national champions with a record of 12-0 and routed Michigan 34-14 in the Rose Bowl. Emtman finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season.
He was taken with the first pick of the 1991 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, but his promising career was derail by a string of injuries.
The other players honored were Florida running back Emmitt Smith, Virginia Tech defensive lineman Bruce Smith, Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward, Nebraska running back Mike Rozier, Colorado running back Bobby Anderson, Miami defensive back Bennie Blades, Minnesota defensive lineman Carl Eller, Baylor safety Thomas Everett, Air Force defensive lineman Chad Hennings, Tennessee offensive lineman Chip Kell, Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps and Stanford linebacker Jeff Siemon.
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was the other honoree. They will all be enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind., next summer.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno was also to be inducted Tuesday, but he's still recovering from leg surgery. His formal induction was delayed until next year. Paterno broke his leg and injured his knee when two players crashed into him on the sideline during a game against Wisconsin on Nov. 4.
Paterno cracked that he didn't want his wheelchair to get in the way at the ceremony.
"He's afraid it'll bump my walker," Bowden replied.
"I'd right rather have him be here," Bowden added. "I feel like it's kind of been a Bobby and Joe show and without him it feels like something is missing."
The Seattle Post-Intellegencer contributed to this report