The early-to-mid '90s was a golden time for the Arizona and Colorado football programs, and no one was more vital to their success than Tedy Bruschi and Bill McCartney, respectively.
While Bruschi’s Wildcats swarmed in the desert, McCartney’s Buffs were trampling foes en route to a national title and perennial 11-win seasons.
On May 6, the National Football Foundation recognized the duo’s exploits as two of the 14 members of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2013 class.
Bruschi left Tucson tied with Alabama’s Derrick Thomas atop the NCAA’s career leaderboard for sacks with 52. McCartney finished his head coaching career in Boulder with a 93-55-5 record, three top-five AP finishes and a 1990 national title.
They join a hallowed group of roughly 140 Pac-12 players and coaches enshrined since the College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1951.
As far as Pac-12 representatives go, you would be hard-pressed to find a stronger Hall of Fame induction class than this year’s — hard pressed, but not it’s impossible.
Here’s a look at the conference’s top-five College Hall of Fame classes.