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Troy Davis Set for Oct. 1 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Iowa State and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Davis, a 2016 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Cyclones host Baylor.
Published: 9/29/2016 1:05:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 29, 2016) – Iowa State University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Troy Davis with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. The Salute will take place on Oct. 1 in Ames, Iowa, during the Cyclones’ game against Baylor. Coverage of the game will start at Noon ET on FOX Sports 1.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame,” Davis said in an Iowa State release after the announcement in January. “This was one of my goals when I first came to Iowa State. Twenty years later and I made it! This is a true blessing, and I want to thank God and everybody in Ames, Iowa, who kept pushing me. I didn’t win the Heisman, but I made the College Football Hall of Fame.”

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.

“Troy Davis is simply the greatest running back in Iowa State history,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “To this day, he holds the exceptional title as the only FBS player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Cyclones faithful at Jack Trice Stadium.”

A two-time consensus First Team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, Davis led the nation in rushing in both his sophomore (2,010 yards) and junior (2,185) seasons. The 1996 Big 12 Player of the Year twice earned first team all-conference honors, and he set the conference’s single-season rushing record as a junior. The Miami native owns nearly every rushing record in Iowa State history, including game, single-season and career marks for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total offense.

Davis also became the first sophomore to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the first five games of the season in 1995. During his Heisman runner-up season in 1996, Davis ran for 2,185 yards, currently the fifth-most in a single season in FBS history, and he never had less than 130 yards in a game. He rushed for 4,382 yards and 36 touchdowns in his illustrious career, and he owns the sixth-highest single-game rushing performance in FBS annals with 378 yards against Missouri in 1996.

Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Davis would play three seasons with the franchise before moving to the Canadian Football League. There, he racked up five-straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, and he was named a CFL All-Star in 2004. Davis also led the Edmonton Eskimos to the 2005 Grey Cup.

Davis was inducted into the Iowa State Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. His brother, Darren, currently sits second all-time on the Cyclones’ career rushing list behind Troy.

Davis becomes the second Cyclone to be inducted, joining guard Ed Bock (1936-38). Former Iowa State head coach Earle Bruce, who guided the team from 1973-78, is also enshrined in Atlanta.

Including the 2016 class, only 977 players and 211 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.19 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 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31, and they will also take part in a series of events at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta where their accomplishments will be forever immortalized.

Remaining Scheduled 2016 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)






Oct. 1

Troy Davis

Iowa State (1994-96)


Oct. 1

Scott Woerner

Georgia (1977-80)


Oct. 8

Tom Cousineau

Ohio State (1975-78)


Oct. 15

Herb Orvis

Colorado (1969-71)

Arizona State

Oct. 15

Mike Utley

Washington State (1985-88)


Oct. 22

Randall Cunningham

UNLV (1982-84)

Colorado State

Oct. 22

Coach Frank Girardi

Lycoming (Pa.) (1972-2007)

Lebanon Valley (Pa.)

Oct. 22

Bert Jones

LSU (1970-72)


Oct. 29

Derrick Brooks

Florida State (1991-94)


Oct. 29

Tim Krumrie

Wisconsin (1979-82)


Nov. 5

William Fuller

North Carolina (1981-83)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 12

Rod Woodson

Purdue (1983-86)


Nov. 19

Pat McInally

Harvard (1972-74)


The 2016 season marks the seventh 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 27th time in 2016. 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
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