POINT CLEAR — The Senior Bowl inducted five new members into the game’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 25, with a ceremony at The Grand Hotel Golf Club & Spa as well as named the 2022 …
POINT CLEAR — The Senior Bowl inducted five new members into the game’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 25, with a ceremony at The Grand Hotel Golf Club & Spa as well as named the 2022 Rookies of the Year.
A strong list of former All-Pros helped make up the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 including former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, current Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook and former Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda.
Along with the Hall of Fame inductees, the Senior Bowl chose Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen as 2022 Defensive Rookie of the Year and Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson as Co-Offensive Rookies of the Year.
“We are thrilled to be adding such an accomplished group of players to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. “These men were among the best of the best coming out of college and they all went on to have incredible pro careers. Each one of them was among the greatest players at their respective positions and we are grateful their NFL journeys began here in Mobile.”
In conjunction with the Hall of Fame festivities, the nation’s premier all-star game hosted its third annual Senior Bowl Charities Celebrity Golf Classic (presented by First Horizon Bank), which was held on Monday, June 26, at Lakewood Golf Club on the property of The Grand Hotel.
This exclusive event paired 22 foursomes with celebrities from across the football world, including the five current Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inductees and three Rookies of the Year.
Proceeds from the golf tournament benefitted the Mobile/Baldwin Athletic Partnership, established in 2021. This program provides needed resources, ranging from pants and jerseys to blocking sleds and video technology, for underfunded public high school football programs in the two-county area.
The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, established in 1988, includes many players who are also members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Past honorees are all-time greats such as Doak Walker, Ray Nitschke, Joe Namath, Mean Joe Green, Walter Payton, Franco Harris, Ozzie Newsome, Steve Largent, Kellen Winslow, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson, Derrick Thomas, Terrell Owens and Von Miller. In addition, Paul Brown, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Eddie Robinson are among the list of inducted legendary pro and college coaches.