By Christopher Wuensch
Turk Edwards, OT – Washington State*
While Frank Gifford is the prize of this year’s class, Turk Edwards was no slouch and one of two 1975 members later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In an era when players still wore leather helmets, Edwards was the first All-American at Washington State.
Frank Gifford, RB — USC*
Gifford earned six Pro Bowl appearances at three positions: running back, wide receiver and defensive back. The 1950s All-Decade Team honoree was an All-American at USC.
Walter Gordon, DL — California
College Hall of Famer is just one of the items on Gordon’s résumé. The lineman was the first-ever African American to earn a doctorate of law from Cal’s Boalt Hall School. After a successful career in law, Gordon — who also lettered on the Golden Bears’ boxing and wrestling teams — became governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Cotton Warburton, QB — USC
Warburton led the Trojans to a then-school record 27 consecutive victories, earning All-American honors. Instead of joining the ranks of the pros, Warburton opted for a life in Hollywood as a screen editor. His most notable work is arguably Mary Poppins.
*College and Pro Football HOF