NEW YORK -- Long before Ahmad Rashad became a broadcaster,
he was one of the best football players at Oregon. That's when his
name was Bobby Moore.
Rashad is one of 75 players and eight coaches up for election to
the College Football Hall of Fame. The latest class will be
announced by the National Football Foundation on Wednesday in New
Among those eligible for the first time are Heisman Trophy
winners Tim Brown from Notre Dame and Doug Flutie from Boston
Rashad was a running back and wide receiver at Oregon and a
first-team all-Pac-10 selection three times (1969-71). He left
Oregon with 14 school records and went on to an 11-year NFL career,
having his best seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. For religious
reasons, he changed his name in 1972.
"It was my goal when I got into broadcasting to make people
forget football and go on my merits as a broadcaster," Rashad said
in a recent phone interview.
The only problem is, Rashad said, now some of his younger
friends are surprised to find out he was a star in college and the
NFL, especially since much of his broadcasting career has focused
on the NBA.
Rashad is currently the executive producer of "NBA Inside
Stuff" and hosts "Ahmad Rashad One-on-One" on NBA TV.
He said being elected to the College Football Hall of Fame would
be a great honor -- and quite helpful.
"I would be able to prove to my daughter that I actually
played," he said.