A few days late on this, but ICYMI, former Pitt offensive tackle Ruben Brown was voted into College Football's Hall of Fame on Friday. He will officially be inducted on December 8th of this year.
"This honor goes well beyond me," Brown said. "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."
Brown played at Pitt from 1991-1994 and then went on to an outstanding pro career, playing 12 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. With the Bills, he was a first-round NFL Draft pick, and he later helped the Bears make a Super Bowl appearance. Brown was named to eight consecutive Pro Bowls.
New head coach Pat Narduzzi also weighed in on his selection. "Our entire program congratulates Ruben on this incredibly deserved honor," Narduzzi said. "I had the opportunity to speak to him on the phone this week and his pride in the University of Pittsburgh is obvious. He is a true ‘Pitt Man’ and I know everyone is extremely proud of him."
He will be the 24th Pitt player in the College Football Hall of Fame.
We all know of Pitt's deep history in the NFL, but making the College Football Hall of Fame is, in some ways, just as great as the players' professional careers since they accomplished that while playing for the University.
Brown also continues to stay close to the University and I had a chance to see him at a training camp practice last year. He's also been on the sidelines of games as well.
Kudos to Brown on a great career.