Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Famer Russell Maryland To Be Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame

Photo By: Melissa Macatee/CBAA
Maryland and his son both attended the 2011 NCAA Football Youth Clinic, hosted by the AT&T Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is pleased to announce that Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame member Russell Maryland will be honored jointly by his alma mater, the University of Miami and the National Football Foundation as a 2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Maryland will be honored with an On-Campus Salute, as presented by Fidelity Investments®, during the Ohio State at Miami game on September 17.

"It's an honor and a blessing to be named among the cream of the crop of college football athletes," said Maryland when learning of the honor. "Twenty-five years ago, not even knowing I was going to play college football at a high level, and here 25 years later after having played 10 years in the NFL, it's amazing.”

During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, a tradition that began with the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1951, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers.

“We congratulate Russell on his many accomplishments and offer him our sincerest gratitude for being a constant support and friend to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Tommy Bain, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “As one of the most influential players in the game, he certainly deserves this outstanding honor.”

One of the highest points of Maryland’s career was his 1991 Cotton Bowl Classic appearance in which he was named an Outstanding Player. Maryland’s show stopping performance drove the University of Texas to turn the ball over five times, leading the Hurricanes to a 46-3 victory. Maryland completed his college career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. The team's MVP in 1990, he helped the Hurricanes to two national titles, four bowl wins, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record in his four seasons (1986-1990) at "The U." Maryland was also the first-overall NFL draft pick in 1991, which lead to a successful NFL career spanning a decade and three Super Bowl championships.