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College Football Hall of Famers in the Sugar BowlSince the establishment of the Sugar Bowl in 1935, the New Orleans classic has featured 143 future members of the College Football Hall of Fame (93 players, 50 coaches*). From the most recent class of Hall of Fame inductees (2019), the Sugar Bowl added former Miami head coach Dennis Erickson, who directed the Hurricanes to a pair of Sugar Bowl trips.

The first class of College Football Hall of Fame inductees was selected in 1951. That inaugural class included 54 legends and pioneers of the game like Walter Camp, Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne. Today more than 900 legendary players and coaches from NCAA Division I-A, I-AA, II, III and the NAIA are enshrined in the Hall.

* – Steve Spurrier, who both played and coached in the Sugar Bowl, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player and coach.

College Football Hall of Fame Coaches in the Sugar Bowl

 Name  Sugar Bowl
 Sugar Bowl School
 Record at School
 Alexander, Bill  1944  Georgia Tech, 1920-44  134-95-15
 Beamer, Frank  Four bowls  Virginia Tech, 1987-2015  238-121-2
 Broyles, Frank  Four bowls  Arkansas, 1958-76  144-58-5
 Bryant, Bear  1951  Kentucky, 1946-52  60-23-5
 Eight bowls  Alabama, 1958-82  232-46-9
 Bowden, Bobby  Six bowls  Florida State, 1976-2009  316-97-4
 Butts, Wally  1947  Georgia, 1939-60  140-86-9
 Cooper, John  1998, 1999  Ohio State, 1988-2000  111-43-4
 Devaney, Bob  1967  Nebraska, 1962-72  101-20-2
 Devine, Dan  1966  Missouri, 1958-70  92-38-7
 1981  Notre Dame, 1975-80  53-16-1
 Dickey, Doug  1974  Florida, 1970-78  58-43-2
 Dodd, Bobby  1953, 1954, 1956  Georgia Tech, 1945-66  165-64-8
 Dooley, Vince  Five bowls  Georgia, 1964-88  201-77-10
 Dye, Pat  1984, 1988, 1989  Auburn, 1981-92  99-39-4
 Erickson, Dennis  1990, 1993  Miami, 1989-94  63-9
 Faurot, Don  1942  Missouri, 1935-42, 46-56  101-79-10
 Graves, Ray  1966  Florida, 1960-69  70-31-4
 Hayes, Woody  1978  Ohio State, 1951-78  205-61-10
 Holtz, Lou  1980  Arkansas, 1977-83  60-21-2
 1992  Notre Dame, 1986-96  100-30-2
 Howard, Frank  1959  Clemson, 1940-69  165-118-12
 Johnson, Jimmy  1986  Miami, 1984-88  52-9
 Jordan, Shug  1972  Auburn, 1951-75  176-83-6
 Leahy, Frank  1941  Boston College, 1939-40  20-2
 MacPherson, Dick  1988  Syracuse, 1981-90  66-46-4
 McClendon, Charlie  1965, 1968  Louisiana State, 1962-79  137-59-7
 Meyer, Dutch  1936, 1939  TCU, 1934-52  109-79-13
 Moore, Bernie  1936, 1937, 1938  Louisiana State, 1935-47  83-39-6
 Neely, Jess  1961  Rice, 1940-66  144-124-10
 Neyland, Bob  1941, 1952  Tennessee, 1926-52  173-31-12
 Nehlen, Don  1994  West Virginia, 1980-2000  149-93-4
 Norton, Homer  1940  Texas A&M, 1934-47  82-53-9
 Osborne, Tom  1974, 1985, 1987  Nebraska, 1973-97  255-49-3
 Parseghian, Ara  1973  Notre Dame, 1964-74  95-17-4
 Paterno, Joe  Four bowls  Penn State, 1966-2011  409-136-3
 Phelan, Jim  1946  St. Mary’s, 1942-47  24-25-1
 Royal, Darrell  1958  Texas, 1957-76  167-47-5
 Schembechler, Bo  1984  Michigan, 1969-89  194-48-5
 Schwartzwalder, Ben  1965  Syracuse, 1949-73  153-91-3
 Shaw, Buck  1937, 1938  Santa Clara, 1936-42  47-10-4
 Slocum, R.C.  1999  Texas A&M, 1989-02  123-47-2
 Snavely, Carl  1947, 1949  N. Carolina, 1934-35, 45-52  59-35-5
 Spurrier, Steve  Five bowls  Florida, 1990-2001  122-27-1
 Stallings, Gene  1993  Alabama, 1990-96  62-25
 Tatum, Jim  1952  Maryland, 1947-55  73-15-4
 Thomas, Frank  1945  Alabama, 1931-46  115-24-7
 Tressel, Jim  2011  Ohio State, 2001-10  94-22
 Vaught, Johnny  Eight bowls  Ole Miss, 1947-73  190-61-12
 Warner, Pop  1935  Temple, 1933-38  31-18-9
 Welsh, George  1991  Virginia, 1982-2000  134-86-3
 Wilkinson, Bud  1949, 1950, 1951  Oklahoma, 1947-63  145-29-4
 Wyatt, Bowden  1957  Tennessee, 1955-62  29-29-4

College Football Hall of Fame Players in the Sugar Bowl

 Name  School (Years)
 Pos.  Sugar Bowl
 Aldrich, Ki  TCU (1936-38)  Center  1939
 Alworth, Lance  Arkansas (1959-61)  Halfback  1962
 Baugh, Sammy  TCU (1934-36)  Halfback  1936
 Beagle, Ron  Navy (1953-55)  End  1955
 Beasley, Terry  Auburn (1969-71)  Wide Receiver  1972
 Blades, Bennie  Miami (1984-87)  Safety  1986
 Bosley, Bruce  West Virginia (1952-55)  Tackle  1954
 Brahaney, Tom  Oklahoma (1971-72)  Center  1/72; 12/72
 Brooks, Derrick  Florida State (1991-94)  Linebacker  1995
 Browner, Ross  Notre Dame (1973, 75-77)  Defensive End  12/73
 Butler, Kevin  Georgia (1981-84)  Placekicker  1982, 1983
 Cannon, Billy  Louisiana State (1957-59)  Halfback  1959, 1960
 Cappelletti, John  Penn State (1971-73)  Halfback  12/72
 Casper, Dave  Notre Dame (1971-73)  Tight End  12/73
 Caveness, Ronnie  Arkansas (1962-64)  Center  1963
 Chandler, Wes  Florida (1974-77)  Receiver  1974
 Cousineau, Tom  Ohio State (1975-78)  Linebacker  1978
 Dicus, Chuck  Arkansas (1968-70)  Wide Receiver  1969, 1970
 Dobbs, Glenn  Tulsa (1940-42)  Halfback  1943
 Dorney, Keith  Penn State (1975-78)  Tackle  1975
 Dorsett, Tony  Pittsburgh (1973-76)  Halfback  1977
 Falaschi, Nello  Santa Clara (1934-36)  Quarterback  1937
 Fenimore, Bob  Oklahoma A&M (1943-46)  Halfback  1946
 Flowers, Charlie  Ole Miss (1957-59)  Fullback  1958, 1960
 Fralic, Bill  Pittsburgh (1981-84)  Tackle  1982
 Gain, Bob  Kentucky (147-50)  Tackle.Guard  1951
 Gibbs, Jake  Ole Miss (1958-60)  Quarterback  1960, 1961
 Gilmer, Harry  Alabama (1944-47)  Halfback  1945, 1948
 Gladchuk, Chet  Boston College (1938-40)  Center  1941
 Glass, Bill  Baylor (1954-56)  Guard  1957
 Goodreault, Gene  Boston College (1938-40)  End  1941
 Hoage, Terry  Georgia (1980-83)  Safety  1981, 1982, 1983
 Holovak, Mike  Boston College (1940-42)  Fullback  1941
 Huff, Sam  West Virginia (1952-55)  Guard/Tackle  1954
 Jackson, Bo  Auburn (1982-85)  Halfback  1984
 Jenkins, Darold  Missouri (1939-41)  Center  1942
 Jones, Stan  Maryland (1951-53)  Tackle  1952
 Jordan, Lee Roy  Alabama (1961-62)  Center  1962
 Justice, Charlie  North Carolina (1946-49)  Halfback  1947
 Kavanaugh, Ken  Louisiana State (1937-39)  End  1938
 Kerr, George  Boston College (1938-40)  Guard  1941
 Kimbrough, John  Texas A&M (1938-40)  Fullback  1940
 Layne, Bobby  Texas (1944-47)  Quarterback  1948
 Lester, Darrell  TCU (1933-35)  Center  1936
 Little, Floyd  Syracuse (1964-66)  Halfback  1965
 Lowe, Woodrow  Alabama (1972-75)  Linebacker  1974, 1976
 Lyons, Marty  Alabama (1975-78)  Def. Tackle  1975, 1978, 1979
 Mancha, Vaughn  Alabama (1944-47)  Center  1948
 Manning, Archie  Ole Miss (1968-70)  Quarterback  1970
 Marino, Dan  Pittsburgh (1979-82)  Quarterback  1982
 Maryland, Russell  Miami (1986-90)  Def. Tackle  1990
 McPherson, Don  Syracuse (1983-87)  Quarterback  1988
 Meylan, Wayne  Nebraska (165-67)  Middle Guard  1967
 Mickal, Abe  Louisiana State (1933-35)  Halfback  1936
 Modzelewski, Dick  Maryland (1950-52)  Tackle  1952
 Morris, George  Georgia Tech (1950-52)  Center  1953
 Morris, Larry  Georgia Tech (1951-54)  Center  1952, 1953
 Neighbors, Billy  Alabama (1959-61)  Tackle  1962
 Newsome, Ozzie  Alabama (1974-77)  Wide Receiver  1976, 1978
 Nguyen, Dat  Texas A&M (1994-98)  Linebacker  1999
 O’Brien, Davey  TCU (1936-38)  Quarterback  1939
 O’Rourke, Charlie  Boston College (1938-40)  Halfback  1941
 Owens, Jim  Oklahoma (1946-49)  End  1949, 1950
 Parilli, Babe  Kentucky (1949-51)  Quarterback  1951
 Pruitt, Greg  Oklahoma (1970-72)  Halfback  1/72, 12/72
 Rauch, John  Georgia (1945-48)  Quarterback  1947
 Reed, Ed  Miami (1998-2001)  Def. Back  2001
 Rocker, Tracy  Auburn (1985-88)  Def. Tackle  1988, 1989
 Roland, Johnny  Missouri (1962, 64-65)  Halfback  1966
 Sanders, Deion  Florida State (1985-88)  Cornerback  1989
 Scarbath, Jack  Maryland (1950-52)  Quarterback  1952
 Scott, Jake  Georgia (1967-68)  Safety  1969
 Selmon, Lee Roy  Oklahoma (1972-75)  Def. Tackle  12/72
 Shoate, Ron  Oklahoma (1972-74)  Linebacker  12/72
 Simons, Monk  Tulane (1932-34)  Halfback  1935
 Smith, Billy Ray  Arkansas (1979-82)  Defensive End  1980
 Spurrier, Steve  Florida (1964-66)  Quarterback  1966
 Stanfill, Bill  Georgia (1966-68)  Def. Tackle  1969
 Sullivan, Pat  Auburn (1969-71)  Quarterback  1/72
 Testaverde, Vinny  Miami (1982, 84-86)  Quarterback  1986
 Tinsley, Gus  Louisiana State (1934-36)  End  1936, 1937
 Torretta, Gino  Miami (1989-92)  Quarterback  1990, 1993
 Vessels, Billy  Oklahoma (1950-52)  Halfback  1951
 Walker, Herschel  Georgia (1980-82)  Running Back  1981, 1982, 1983
 Ward, Bob  Maryland (1948-51)  Guard  1952
 Warner, Curt  Penn State (1979-82)  Running Back  1983
 Washington, Joe  Oklahoma (1972-75)  Running Back  12/72
 Weatherall, Jim  Oklahoma (1948-51)  Tackle  1949, 1950, 1951
 Wedemeyer, Herman  St. Mary’s (1943, 45-47)  Halfback  1946
 Weiner, Art  North Carolina (1946-49)  End  1947, 1949
 Williams, Ricky  Texas (1995-99)  Running Back  1995
 Woerner, Scott  Georgia (1977-80)  Defensive Back  1981
 Wuerffel, Danny  Florida (1993-96)  Quarterback  1994, 1997
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