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Ruben Brown Set for Oct. 29 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Pittsburgh and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Brown, a 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Panthers host North Carolina.
Published: 10/27/2015 1:20:00 PM
(Pictured: Pittsburgh and the NFF will jointly honor Ruben Brown with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Thursday, Oct. 29, during the game between the Panthers and North Carolina on ESPN.)

IRVING, Texas  (Oct. 27, 2015)
– The University of Pittsburgh and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Ruben Brown with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Thursday, Oct. 29, during the game between the Panthers and North Carolina. Coverage of the game will start at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

“This honor goes well beyond me,” Brown said in a Pittsburgh release after the announcement in January. “Everyone at Pitt shares this recognition. I’m so indebted to the many people who mentored, coached and guided me as a person and player over the years. I’m thrilled to accept this honor on everyone’s behalf and could not be more humbled and appreciative.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, 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, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Ruben Brown absolutely terrorized defensive linemen during his All-America career from 1991-94,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He adds to an impressive list of Pittsburgh offensive linemen in the College Football Hall of Fame and we are thrilled to honor him in front of the Pitt faithful at Heinz Field.”

After transitioning from defensive tackle to offensive tackle before his freshman year, Brown’s outstanding career at Pittsburgh culminated with his selection as a First Team All-American as a senior.

Following his All-America campaign in 1994, Brown claimed honors as the Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman. The senior team captain was a three-time All-Big East selection, garnering unanimous First Team honors in 1994 and Second Team laurels as a junior and sophomore. Playing for coaches Paul Hackett and Johnny Majors (a 1987 College Football Hall of Fame inductee as a player from Tennessee) Brown appeared in the 1995 Senior Bowl and the 1994 Blue-Gray All-Star Classic.

Selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, Brown spent 11 seasons between the Bills and the Chicago Bears. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he was elected to the Bills’ 50th Anniversary Team in 2009, and he played on the 2006 Bears team that appeared in Super Bowl XLI.

A three-time recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Brown has dedicated himself to community service. In 2001, he established the Ruben Brown Foundation, which raises and distributes funds to youth service and enrichment programs to ensure kids have an opportunity to enhance their personal gifts. Brown has received multiple awards for his work in the community, including the 2003 Salvation Army Community Service Award and 2010 Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award.

Brown becomes the 19th Panther to be inducted, joining Jimbo Covert (1978-82), Ave Daniell (1934-36), Tom Davies (1918-21), Mike Ditka (1958-60), Joe Donchess (1927-29), Tony Dorsett (1973-76), Bill Fralic (1981-84), Marshall Goldberg (1936-38), Hugh Green (1977-80), Dan Marino (1979-82), Mark May (1977-80), George McLaren (1915-18), Bob Peck (1913-16), Joe Schmidt (1950-52), Joe Skladany (1931-33), Herb Stein (1918-21), Joe Thompson (1902-06) and Hube Wagner (1910-13). Four coaches with stops in Pittsburgh are in the Hall: Len Casanova (1950), Clark Shaughnessy (1943-45), Jock Sutherland (1924-38) and Pop Warner (1915-23).

Including the 2015 class, only 963 players and 209 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.12 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 147 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Trev Alberts (Nebraska), Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma), Bob Breunig (Arizona State), Sean Brewer (Millsaps [Miss.]), Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh), Wes Chandler (Florida), Thom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Dick Jauron (Yale), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Lincoln Kennedy (Washington), the late Rob Lytle (Michigan), Michael Payton (Marshall), Art Still (Kentucky), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech), Ricky Williams (Texas) and coaches Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972.556.1000.

Remaining Scheduled 2015 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)

DATE

INDUCTEE

SCHOOL (YEARS PLAYED/COACHED)

OPPOSING TEAM

Oct. 29

Ruben Brown

Pittsburgh (1991-94)

North Carolina

Nov. 14

Bob Breunig

Arizona State (1972-74)

Washington

Nov. 21

Dick Jauron

Yale (1970-72)

Harvard

Nov. 27

Lincoln Kennedy

Washington (1989-92)

Washington State


The 2015 season marks the sixth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 26th time in 2015. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.


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About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, SKP, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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