Announced Tuesday, the 2011 Divisional Class of the College Football Hall of Fame is highlighted by two vaunted former Dallas Cowboys, in defensive stars Charles Haley and Dexter Coakley.
The Divisional Class is designed to recognize players from the NCAA Championship Subdivision (Formerly Division I-AA), Division II and Division III schools, as well as from the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
Coakley was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1997 draft out of Appalachian State, and remained in Dallas through 2004, a span in which he was named to three Pro Bowls. Haley was drafted out of James Madison by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1986 draft, and, between his time in San Fran and Dallas, won five Super Bowls, was named to five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams.
Each remains the all-time leading tackler at their respective alma mater.
"We are very proud to highlight the outstanding careers of the 2011 Divisional Class," said chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Archie Manning, per the Los Angeles Times. "They have reached the pinnacle of success in our sport, and they should be applauded for their induction into college football's ultimate shrine. We look forward to celebrating with them and their families this summer."
Joining Coakley and Haley are North Dakota center Mike Favor, Trinity (Conn.) running back Mickey Kobrosky and coaches Mike Kelly and Bill Manlove. The 2011 Class will be enshrined at a ceremony in South Bend, Indiana on July 15-16.
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