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
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
”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
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
”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
”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