Dec. 31, 2010
ATLANTA - Former Auburn head coach Pat Dye and Purdue and NFL standout Rod Woodson have been named as members of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame induction class, the Chick-fil-A Bowl announced Friday. Dye and Woodson join a notable roster honored for playing a part in Atlanta's bowl game. Coach Dye will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
"Both Pat Dye and Rod Woodson have made a significant impact on the game of football throughout their respective careers," said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. "Coach Dye and Rod join an elite group of gentlemen that have not just raised the bar, but taken the competition in the sport of football to a new level."
Pat Dye ranks among the best coaches to lead Auburn, having compiled a 99-39-4 record in his 12 seasons at the helm of the Tigers. He guided the Tigers to nine-straight bowl games - including the 1990 Peach Bowl - and four SEC titles. In 1983, Dye was selected at the National Coach of the Year after leading Auburn to an 11-1 overall record, the program's first SEC Championship since 1957 and a third-place ranking in the AP and UPI polls. A three-time SEC Coach of the Year selection, Dye also served as Auburn's Director of Athletics from 1981-1991. Prior to Auburn, Dye served as head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming, where he posted winning records at each school. While at East Carolina, Dye posted a .724 winning percentage, which is the best coaching winning percentage in program history. Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and then into the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
When Purdue played in the 1984 Peach Bowl, Rod Woodson's football career was just starting to take off. Just a sophomore, Woodson recorded a bowl game record 19 tackles in Purdue's 1984 Peach Bowl loss to Virginia. Woodson ended his sophomore campaign with 136 total tackles and 101 solo tackles - both of which still rank among Purdue's season totals. A 2003 inductee into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, Woodson went on to become a two-time All-American, a three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection. His career soared in the NFL, where he was an 11-time Pro Bowl and an eight-time All-Pro selection and the 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 1994, Woodson was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - an honor bestowed on only five active players during the 1994 season. He also earned a spot on the NFL's 1990 All-Decades Team. Woodson played in three Super Bowls and helped the Baltimore Ravens to the championship in 2001. Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are 29 current members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly and coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.