USC football’s Troy Polamalu was announced as part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 on Monday, giving the Trojans a 44th hall of fame representative.
Troy Polamalu is an undeniable legend of USC football lore, and now his name will be etched in the halls of college football’s elite.
The two-time All-American safety was voted into the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class on Monday.
Polamalu’s accolades at the college level were many. A consensus All-American and Jim Thorpe Award finalist in 2002, he was integral to the establishment of USC as one of the powers in college football during the Pete Carroll era. He led USC in tackles and interceptions in 2001, setting a Las Vegas Bowl record for tackles with 20 to end that season.
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He was voted a member of the Pac-12 All-Century Team and was added to the USC Athletics All of Fame last year.
Joining Polamalu in the 13-man 2019 class are some familiar names.
Texas quarterback Vince Young, whose stellar performance in the 2006 Rose Bowl denied USC a three-peat national championship, made the cut.
So did Notre Dame’s Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, whose induction ensures the Irish will keep pace with the Trojans in the race for the most Hall of Fame inductees. They have 47 compared to USC’s second-place 33, with Polamalu following in the footsteps of Matt Leinart, the Trojans’ 2017 inductee.
The rest of the class includes Florida State’s Terrell Buckley, Oklahoma’s Rickey Dixon, John Carroll’s London Fletcher, Texas A&M’s Jacob Green, North Carolina State’s Torry Holt, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden, Arizona State’s Jake Plummer, Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas, Michigan State’s Lorenzo White and Mississippi’s Patrick Willis.
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Long-time Pac-12 fixture Dennis Erickson and Joe Taylor were voted in as coaches.
The next frontier for Polamalu, who will be be officially inducted into the College Football hall of Fame in December, is the Pro Football Hall of Fame.