Two Sugar Bowl Participants to be Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame park
Two former Allstate Sugar Bowl participants are among the 16 members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class as announced by Archie Manning, the chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Manning, himself, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Most Outstanding Player of the 1970 Sugar Bowl. He is also a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee.
The Sugar Bowl now has 47 former coaches and 90 former players who have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The two former Sugar Bowl participants gaining induction to the College Hall of Fame are Derrick Brooks (Florida State, 1991-94, 1995 Sugar Bowl) and Scott Woerner (Georgia, 1977-80, 1981 Sugar Bowl).
The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined in the summer of 2016.
The 1994 ACC Player of the Year, Brooks guided Florida State to victories in four consecutive bowl games, including a 23-17 victory over Florida in the 1995 Sugar Bowl and an 18-16 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl for the 1993 national title. The three-time First Team All-ACC selection led the Seminoles to three-straight conference titles and a 42-7 record, and the team never finished with a final ranking lower than fourth during his career. A team captain his senior season, Brooks was a finalist for the Butkus, Rotary Lombardi and FWAA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1993 and 1994 while playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden. The standout four-year letterman finished his career with 274 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five interceptions, and he was named MVP of the Senior Bowl. Brooks was just as stellar off the field as a 1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-American.
Woerner cemented his name among the greatest defensive players in Georgia history after leading the program to a perfect 12-0 record during the 1980 season – a season which culminated with a national championship when the Bulldogs defeated Notre Dame, 17-10, in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. A First Team All-America selection as a senior, Woerner made two key interceptions in Georgia’s win over the Irish in the Sugar Bowl. The 1980 First Team All-SEC selection led the Bulldogs to the conference title, and he was the only defensive player in the conference’s top 10 in all-purpose yardage. Georgia’s Most Valuable Back in 1980, Woerner currently ranks fourth all-time in program history with 13 career interceptions and second with 303 career interception return yards. Considered the best punt returner in Bulldogs history, he was twice named the school’s Outstanding Special Teams Player, and he set UGA records for career (1,077) and single-season (488) punt return yards and kickoff return yards in a game (190). Woerner played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley.