Tommie Frazier finally enters College Hall of Fame

Tommie Frazier waited a couple years longer than many Nebraska

fans felt was appropriate to get into the College Football Hall of

Fame.

Being snubbed didn’t bother Touchdown Tommie. He’s just glad the

call finally came and that so many appreciated his play.

Frazier is one of 12 former players who were to be inducted by

the National Football Foundation in the College Hall of Fame on

Tuesday night in New York.

Also among the inductees were Heisman Trophy winners Vinny

Testaverde, Danny Wuerffel and Ron Dayne and former coaches Wayne

Hardin of Temple and Navy and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

Frazier guided the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national

championships in 1994 and `95, played a year in the Canadian

Football League. He was selected for Hall of Fame induction in the

third year he was eligible.

For Huskers fans, and anyone else who watched Frazier run

Nebraska’s prolific triple-option offense, that was way too

long.

”I think the fans were speaking for me,” Frazier said Tuesday

at the Waldorf Astoria hotel before the latest class of Hall of

Famers were inducted during an awards banquet.

”I’m not the type of person that’s going to promote himself or

say I deserve this or deserve that. I’m truly blessed that it

happened when it happened.”

The rest of the Hall of Fame class included: Ted Brown of North

Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve

Meilinger of Kentucky; the late Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Don Trull

of Baylor; Percy Snow of Michigan State and Orlando Pace of Ohio

State.

Snow and Pace were sitting only a few feet away from each other

on the dais, separated by Shoate’s sister, Charlotte Gordon.

Snow, the former Spartans linebacker, couldn’t help but do some

playful gloating about Michigan State’s recent Big Ten championship

game victory against Ohio State with a former Buckeyes great so

close.

”Big Ten champs. 2013 Big Ten champs,” Snow said, glancing at

Pace, who shook his head and laughed. ”I don’t get to rub it in

Ohio State’s face too much.”

Michigan State earned its first Rose Bowl trip since 1987 by

spoiling the Buckeyes’ unbeaten season.

Frazier played before college football reached its current

spread-football stage, when dual-threat quarterbacks are so common

and put up gaudy statistics. He ran for 1,955 yards and 5.7 per

carry with 36 touchdowns in four seasons at Nebraska and passed for

3,521 yards and 43 scores. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has put

up numbers to rival those in a season now.

But Frazier was as exciting to watch in his day as Johnny

Football is now.

”If you look at my stats and my numbers they weren’t the

greatest but people appreciated the way I played the game and how I

went out there and led my team to championships and didn’t do

anything to embarrass the sport,” he said.

Nebraska went 33-3 with Frazier starting and those teams coached

by Tom Osborne are considered some of the best in college football

over the past 50 years.

”I think we were right up there at the top. We weren’t very

flashy. We said we were going to run the ball 50, 60 times a game

and we were going to run over you,” he said.

Frazier has not been shy about voicing his displeasure with

Nebraska’s inability to recapture its past glory under current

coach Bo Pelini.

Frazier is a frequent poster on Twitter – (at)TouchdownTommie –

and went so far as to call for Pelini to make staff changes after a

loss to UCLA.

Pelini said then if Frazier didn’t like how he was running the

program, he didn’t need his support. After some speculation about

Pelini’s future, the coach will be back with the Huskers next

season. Nebraska finished 8-4 and will play Georgia in the Gator

Bowl.

”I’m supportive of what the administration decided,” Frazier

said. ”I’m a true Nebraska fan. I just want to see them perform

well in all phases of the game, whether it’s on the field or off

the field. Coach Pelini got another year and now is our time to

rally behind that and be happy with it.

”Not everything is going to be good, not everything is going to

be bad. We just have to trust the administration and the leaders of

the university and of the athletic department to make the right

decision.”