What A Hall of Fame Weekend

Emmit Smith, Bobby Bowden, and Bruce Smith headlined the Class of 2007, enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

It was a star-studded night at the Century Center. The dinner and show was the culmination of a great weekend in South Bend. The event was hosted by Terry Bowden. Newscenter 16's Jeff Jeffers served as the field reporter.

Saturday began with the annual parade. The popular flag football game followed at noon with a kids' clinic immediately after that.

The kids' clinic allowed youngsters 14 and under to get tips from the hall of famers.

Among the big names enshrined Saturday were Florida State coaching legend Bobby Bowden, who has won more games than any other coach in college history.

University of Florida alum Emmitt Smith was the biggest player enshrined. Smith, played three seasons for the Gators before moving on to the NFL. He won three Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys and finished his career as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.

Another NFL great, former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Bruce Smith, was the top defensive player in the new class. Smith is a Virginia Tech grad.

Three quarterbacks joined the list: 1993 Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State grad Charlie Ward, Georgia Southern's Tracy Ham, and Purdue's Mike Phipps.

Phipps is the only quarterback to ever beat Notre Dame three seasons in a row. He joked during the enshrinement about how he always loved playing the Irish because of their defense. He said, with a laugh, that he always wondered how others couldn't beat Notre Dame.

HOF Parade


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