UW Alum Picked For Hall Of Fame -- '60S Linebacker Redman Honored
Rick Redman, who earned All-America honors as a linebacker while leading the Washington Huskies to the 1964 Rose Bowl, has been selected to the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame.
Redman and 12 others, including Jim Brown, will be inducted at NFF's 38th awards dinner Dec. 12 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
In addition to its Hall of Fame, the NFF presents scholarships to high-school and college players.
"Obviously, I'm flattered to be put in that kind of company," said Redman, who is chief executive officer of Sellen Construction Co. "They recognize gifted athletes and people who have made contributions to the sport."
Redman earned first-team All-America honors after the 1963 and 1964 seasons.
The other members of the NFF's class of 1995 are: Brown (Syracuse, 1954-56, and then the Cleveland Browns), still considered by many the greatest running back of all time; end Chris Burford (Stanford, 1957-59); defensive back Tommy Casanova (Louisiana State, 1969-71); quarterback Jake Gibbs (Mississippi, 1958-60), guard Rich Glover (Nebraska, 1969-72); running back Jim Grabowski (Illinois, 1963-65); end Jim Martin (Notre Dame, 1946-49); linebacker Dennis Onkotz (Penn State, 1967-69); end Paul Robeson (Rutgers, 1915-18); running back Billy Sims (Oklahoma, 1975-79); linebacker Mike Singletary (Baylor, 1977-80); and Coach Frank Kush (Arizona State, 1958-79).
Robeson, who also earned fame as a singer, actor and civil rights advocate, died in 1976.
Redman, who starred at Blanchet High School before playing for Jim Owens at Washington, said earning a spot in the 1964 Rose Bowl, where Washington lost 17-7 to Grabowski's Illinois team, was the biggest thrill of his college career.
"Just getting to the Rose Bowl was a great accomplishment, but lots of other highlights come to mind," Redman said. "Like beating USC the year after they won the national title.
"And I remember the great rivalries with the Oregon schools. For some reason, the games we played at Multnomah Stadium (Portland) really stick out. I was fortunate to have good games there. I remember their great players, like (Oregon State's) Terry Baker, (Oregon's) Mel Renfro and Bob Berry."
After leaving Washington, Redman played nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, first in the AFL and then the NFL, and one with the Portland Storm of the World Football league.
Redman is the ninth Husky inducted into NFF's College Hall of Fame. The others are George Wilson (1923-25), Chuck Carroll (1926-28), Paul Schwegler (1929-31), Vic Markov (1935-37), Hugh McElhenny (1949-51), Don Heinrich (1949-50, '52), Bob Schloredt (1958-60), and Max Starcevich (1934-36). Three UW coaches have been enshrined - Gilmour Dobie (1908-16), James Phelan (1930-41), and Darrell Royal (1956).
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