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Sandy Stephens To Be Inducted Into College Football Hall Of Fame

Sandy Stephens, the last man to quarterback the Minnesota Golden Gophers to an NCAA football championship, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of their Class of 2011.

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Stephens led the Gophers to a National Championship in 1960 and to their only Rose Bowl victory in 1962, a 21-3 victory over UCLA. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1961, the first black quarterback to earn All-American honors at the quarterback position. He also finished fourth in the 1961 Heisman Trophy voting.

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Following his collegiate career, Stephens went on to play professionally. . .in Canada. He played for the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts. He also got a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs, but never made the team.

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Stephens passed away on June 7, 2000, of a heart attack. He is a member of the University of Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He will be the nineteenth Golden Gopher to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, which is located in South Bend, Indiana.

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Congratulations to the family and friends of Sandy Stephens on this remarkable accomplishment.

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(Hat tip to Gopher Sports for bringing this story to our attention.)

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.