Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inducts Legends
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s always special when someone enters The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, but this year’s Class was truly legendary. The likes of George Halas, Randall McDaniel, Pop Warner and Vince Young.
Halas was a three -sport star at the U of Illinois but played in the 1919 Rose Bowl game a s a member of the Great Lakes Navy Tea.
He scored on a 32 yard TD reception and returned an interception for 72 yards for a score in a 17 -0 win over Mare Islands Marines. He was named game MVP.
He later founded a football team in Decatur. “He was given $5,000 to help move the team to Chicago” said grandson Patrick McCasky. Thus,
the Chicago Bears were born. Halas was player coach for ten years getting 324 wins and s ix NFL titles.
Randal McDaniel was a beast of an offensive lineman. He’s in The Pro -football Hall, The Arizona Hall, the college football Hall and now the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. He was easily one of the puling guards in the game.
He helped Arizona State defeat Michigan in the 1986 game 22-15 .”The win over Michigan was my favorite football moment, said McDaniel, the Rose Bowl game means so much,”
McDaniel is a school teacher nowadays.
Pop Warner coached for more 45 years in college winning 4 national titles 3 at Pitt and his final one at Stanford. He coached in the Rose Bowl three different times with Stanford. They are several hundred Pop Warner football leagues around the Country.
“Young people are who Warner stood for,” said Jon Butler, CEO of Warner little Scholars. ” He believed in them and the foundation shows a great support of what he wanted. “
Vince Young became a Rose Bowl legend with back to back wins over Michigan 2005 and 2006 – he was name player of the game in both contest. Texas coach Mack Brown was inducted in 2018, he felt ” no one from Texas should be inducted in the Rose Bowl Hall before Vince Young.”