Bo Ryan voted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

MADISON, Wis. – Former Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan will take his rightful place among the legends of college hoops this fall when he is inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ryan is one of eight individuals that make up the Class of 2017, joining Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill, Indiana’s Scott May, Purdue’s Rick Mount, Creighton’s Paul Silas, Gonzaga’s John Stockton and Duke’s Jay Williams.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will then participate in the Hall of Fame Classic over the next two days, along with Baylor, Creighton and UCLA.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

“We are honored to welcome another esteemed class into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “Collectively, this group broke barriers, won championships, set records, competed for their country, and left a lasting mark on the coaching profession. Each inductee is uniquely deserving of a permanent place in our game’s history.”

With a remarkable 27 postseason appearances on his resume, Ryan took basketball to new heights in the state of Wisconsin. Ryan’s head coaching career began at UW-Platteville, where he won 353 games from 1984 through 1999 and guided the program to four NCAA Division III national titles. After two seasons at Milwaukee, Ryan spent 14-plus seasons with the Badgers, piling up a school-record 364 victories. His UW teams never failed to reach the NCAA Tournament, never finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings and won a total of seven Big Ten championships. A four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Ryan’s Wisconsin career was highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2014 and a run to the national championship game in 2015 – his final full season on the sidelines.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a program of the NABC Foundation, inducted its first class in 2006. That class included the game’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach, John Wooden. Since then, 10 more classes have been inducted, including the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. More information about Hall of Fame weekend can be found at www.halloffameweekend.com.

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2017

Tim Duncan, Player, Wake Forest
· Averaged 16.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.3 assists over four years at Wake Forest, leading the school to four-straight NCAA Tournaments.
· Three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time consensus All-American, and the 1997 consensus National Player of the Year.
· Selected No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1997 NBA Draft.
· Won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, and three NBA Finals MVPs with the Spurs.

Cleo Hill, Player, Winston-Salem State
· The second-highest scorer in Winston-Salem State history, averaged 25.4 points per game over four seasons.
· Led the program to back-to-back CIAA titles as a junior and senior.
· Two-time All-CIAA selection and a NAIA first-team All-American in 1961.
· Picked eighth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1961 NBA Draft, becoming the first HBCU player ever taken in the first round.

Scott May, Player, Indiana
· Leader on 1975-76 Indiana squad that finished a perfect 32-0 – the most recent NCAA Division I team to complete an undefeated season.
· NABC, Naismith, AP, Helms Foundation, Rupp and Sporting News National Player of the Year in 1976.
· Consensus All-American as a junior and senior.
· Drafted second overall in 1976 by the Chicago Bulls.

Rick Mount, Player, Purdue
· All-time leading scorer in Purdue history with 2,323 career points.
· Guided Purdue to the 1969 Big Ten title, the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament, and an appearance in the national title game.
· Two-time consensus All-American and three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection.
· No. 1 overall selection in the 1970 ABA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Paul Silas, Player, Creighton
· Ranks sixth overall and first among three-year players in Division I history with 1,751 career rebounds.
· Third all-time at Creighton with a career scoring average of 20.5 points per game.
· Earned multiple All-America honors in each of his three varsity seasons.
· Won three NBA titles as a player, and later coaches four different NBA franchises.

John Stockton, Player, Gonzaga
· Gonzaga’s all-time steals leader and ranks fourth in career assists.
· 1984 West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.9 points, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
· Played 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, finishing as the NBA’s all-time leader in both steals and assists.
· Won Olympic gold medals with the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and again in 1996.

Jay Williams, Player, Duke
· Led Duke to a 95-13 record during his three seasons, including the 2001 national championship.
· Two-time consensus All-American, two-time All-ACC First Team selection, NABC Player of the Year in 2001, and the consensus National Player of the Year in 2002.
· Ranks second in assists per game, second in steals per game, third in made three-pointers and seventh in scoring average in Duke history.
· Selected second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Bo Ryan, Coach, Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville
· Won 747 career games and made 27 postseasons appearances as the head coach at three different college programs.
· Guided Wisconsin-Platteville to four NCAA Division III national titles.
· Won a school-record 364 games at Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 14 seasons, including a pair of Final Fours.
· Captured seven Big Ten championships and four Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

(uwbadgers.com)

Mark Murphy’s reaction to Hall of Fame Game being cancelled

CANTON, Ohio | Packers president Mark Murphy spent a few minutes giving his thoughts on the Hall of Fame game being cancelled Sunday night. Murphy talked about player safety but also the disappointment for the fans while saying this is unprecedented in league history.

Click on the audio clip below to hear Murphy’s comments.

 

Brett Favre is officially inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio | In a 36 minute speech that he came up with on the fly, much like how he played the game of football, former Packer Brett Favre thanked teammates, fans, friends and family and was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Favre opened the night by jokingly saying he could come out of retirement. “I’m going to ask Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson if I can play the first series tomorrow night!”  The Packers play the Colts in the annual Hall of Fame preseason game Sunday night at 7 in Canton.

Over 22 thousand fans were in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, many of them Packers fans donning a number four jersey. “I’m not surprised at the number of Packers fans here,” said Favre. “This is incredible.”

Of the eight new inductees | six living | Favre’s speech was the final one of the evening. He became emotional at times, especially while talking about his father, Irv, who Favre says would have presented Favre into the Hall. Instead his wife, Deanna, made the presentation. “She’s the hottest grandma I’ve ever seen!” Favre said about his wife.  Favre and Deanna have two grandchildren.

There’s been some “controversy” this week surrounding Favre’s Hall of Fame locker which includes a Minnesota Vikings jersey. But in his induction speech Favre made it clear where he belongs. “Make no mistake about it. I will be remembered as a Packer.”

Favre asked his former teammates who were in attendance to stand and be recognized. The list in attendance includes Ahman Green, Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson were also on hand to watch as perhaps the greatest Packer was enshrined into the Hall.

 

Brett Favre gives his thoughts a day before induction ceremony in Canton

CANTON, Ohio – In front of a large gathering of reporters and photographers, Brett Favre calmly took his seat to answer questions for 45 minutes inside McKinley High School on Friday afternoon. It was the only media availability for Favre and the entire 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class before Saturday night’s induction ceremony.

Here are some of the highlights of Favre’s media session on Friday:

On how this week has gone for his so far: “It’s been amazing. Ron Wolf gave me some hints of what to expect. It’s everything he said. There’s not much breathing room!”

On putting on the gold jacket for the first time: “I don’t know how to explain it. I know it happened last night but it probably won’t sink in for awhile.  I get that I’m about to be a member of this exclusive club but it hasn’t sunk in.”

On not being worthy: “I seriously think I have the most respect for the game. I was a die hard football fan. I was certain at 14 what I was destined to do. I was a die hard Archie Manning fan. I knew all about the Packers and Paul Hornung. I have tremendous respect. That has never wavered. Having said that I can’t believe I’m equal with those guys. Roger Staubach send me a great email. That’s who I was going to be! I don’t know if I will ever feel like an equal to these guys. I understand I’m one of three hundred in this club now. But I hold these guys in the highest regards.”

On where his Hall of Fame bust will sit: “It’ll sit next to Ron Wolf! We just talked about it. He didn’t know where it would end up. I’ve been told that wasn’t on purpose. How incredible is that. Mooch and I talked about the bust. Ron and I don’t have to go too far to talk to each other. He’s not a shouter so he can just whisper to me.”

On the creation of the bust by Blair Buswell: “Blair does one heck of a job. When he came to Mississippi he said he needed eight hours of me sitting still. When he pulled the sheet off of the clay I was absolutely amazed.”

On Hall of Fame locker set up with Vikings and Packers jersey: “It’s pretty cool. Mooch poked fun of Minnesota and Green Bay in same locker. No doubt I’ll be remembered as a Packer and that’s how it should be. I wouldn’t trade my 16 years there for anything. I had a tremendous amount of respect playing there but I didn’t know how difficult it was until I came out of the other tunnel (as a Viking). It was an incredible feeling of awe. I’m thankful I played in Minnesota and witnessed it from the other side. Because I would have taken for granted how special Green Bay is.”

On tomorrow night’s speech: “I’ve gone through this in my mind. I won’t write anything down. My speech will be like I played – who in the hell knows! But it worked out pretty well for my career. There’s a lot of people who are important to my career. No one more than my dad. I want to get that across.”

On original coaching staff he played for in Green Bay and what they meant to his career: “Oh my gosh. Playing 20 years imagine the players and coaches I played with. Who meant the most? It’s no disrespect to any coaches but Mooch and Andy (Reid) meant the most because of the time and place and what I needed the most and working for the best head coach Mike Holmgren. My only regret is Mike and I didn’t play longer. He was demanding. Mooch and Andy worked well with them and me. They told me what I needed to hear. No more rocket balls. That coaching staff.. I’m just thankful the right people were in place. The credit has to go to Ron Wolf. Green Bay would not be what it is today without Ron Wolf.”

On accomplishing everything he wanted: “All my dreams I had as a child were easily achieved and then some. This being one of them. It’s not like I wanted one more touchdown pass or completions. I had my fill of it. And thank goodness. Because I hear guys all the time who say they wish they would have pushed themselves more. I have none of that. I’m truly blessed”

Hall of Fame’s response to Vikings jersey in Favre’s Hall of Fame locker

CANTON, Ohio | I got some clarification tonight on why the Pro Football Hall of Fame has included a Minnesota Vikings jersey in Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame locker. Here’s the reaction from Pete Fierle, the Hall of Fame chief of staff and VP of communications:

“A player is not enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a member of a team, although Brett Favre is clearly a Green Bay Packer. But they are enshrined as either a player, a coach or a contributor. It’s our job to really chart the history of the game and Brett Favre’s impact on that game.

“That Minnesota Vikings jersey is really a significant moment in NFL history — when he set the NFL record for consecutive starts. And that to me, a quarterback doing that, makes it even more remarkable. That jersey represents all those years in Green Bay, season after season, the durability and toughness of what Brett Favre is. If we don’t recognize that type of a record, then we aren’t doing our job.”

Three to be inducted into Packers HOF

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Nick Collins, Chad Clifton, and Russ Winnie will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.

The 46th annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet features former second-round draft selections Collins and Clifton, who become the first alumni from the 2010 Super Bowl season to go into the Hall.

With a combined five Pro Bowl appearances and 19 NFL seasons with the Packers, both Collins and Clifton had valuable roles in bringing the latest championship to TItletown, most notably Collins’ first quarter interception for a touchdown.

Winnie joins Collins and Clifton in the Packers Hall of Fame after spending 18 years in the broadcast booth, covering the team’s first six NFL championships.

The induction dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Favre HOF presenter to be named next week

CANTON, Ohio — Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, but his presenter was not unveiled during a teleconference Tuesday morning.

Favre answered questions from reporters for about 20 minutes, but when a question came up about who would present Favre into the Hall, the teleconference moderator said that announcement would be made “early next week.” Favre didn’t hesitate to reveal he wishes the late Irv Favre could hold that distinction.

“My dad definitely would have been doing it,” Favre said. “I’ll talk about that during my induction, but had he been around, he’d have been doing it.”

Favre lost his father on Dec. 21, 2003 and would go on to have one of the most iconic games of his career on “Monday Night Football” against the Raiders. The future Hall-of-Famer threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the contest, resulting in a 41-7 win over Oakland.

In Tuesday’s teleconference, Favre also discussed the risk former Packers general manager Ron Wolf took in trading a first round pick for Favre despite a failed physical. One of Green Bay’s doctors voiced concerns over a hip condition that he believed would limit Favre to a 5-to-7 year playing career.

SB 50, Favre Hits Hall & Newton Loses Nook

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Mon. Feb. 8, 2016  10:59 a.m.  CT
MADISON, Wisconsin —  Personally, I enjoyed the Super Bowl this year.  I get it, not much scoring from either Offense so some lost interest.  Also, the Commercials seemed to get worse as the Game got closer to its conclusion.  The two that stuck out for me were:  Doritos Ultrasound & the creepy Kickstarter Puppy-Monkey-Baby or something to that effect.  How about an awesome Brett Favre story as well?!?  Bill Michaels spent most of Super Bowl week in the Bay area and he shares his top storylines:  
Congrats to Peyton Manning on his second Vince Lombardi Trophy!
AP provided photo.

Favre Voted Into Pro Football Hall Of Fame

By Eric Rogers
Feb. 7, 2016 11:50 a.m. CT

Santa Clara, Calif. — In his first year of eligibility, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.

“When I traded for Brett Favre I thought he would be sensational,” Ron Wolf, former Packers Vice President and General Manager, said in a statement. “He became incomparable. They say that old Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built. Well, the Lambeau Field reconstruction is the house that Favre built.”

Favre spent 16 years in Green Bay, earning a Super Bowl XXXI victory, three NFL MVP awards, and 11 Pro Bowl selections. It only took voters six seconds to deliberate on whether or not to induct Favre as a first-ballot honoree.

As head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy spend two years with Favre, showing his appreciation in a prepared statement:

“Selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is another incredible and well-deserved honor for Brett. He belongs among the greatest players in the history of the game. It was a privilege to work with Brett during his spectacular career with the Green Bay Packers. Congratulations Brett, Deanna and the Favre family.”

Favre will be officially be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio this August. The current Packers were selected to participate in the coinciding Hall of Fame Game, an event they haven’t participated in since 2003.