BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference 2014 Football Legends Class includes 14 former SEC stars that excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions. The conference announced its lineup of 2014 SEC Football Legends on Thursday.
Tennessee’s legend is former All-American and All-SEC defensive end Todd Kelly, whose son Todd Kelly Jr., is a freshman on this year’s Volunteers squad.
This year’s class includes All-Americans, All-SEC selections and Academic All-Americans as well as NCAA and SEC record holders. The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.
The class will be honored at the 2014 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec.
5-6 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner will be held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 6.
Below is a listing and biographies of the 2014 SEC Football Legends:
ALABAMA – Bobby Humphrey, Running Back, 1985-88
A two-time All-America selection, Bobby Humphrey was chosen as Alabama’s Offensive Player of the Decade of the 1980s as he rushed for more than 3,400 yards in a stellar career while scoring 40 touchdowns. He set the Alabama all-time single-season rushing mark in 1986 and was named UPI’s National Offensive Player of the Year in 1987 while finishing 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year. An injury sidetracked his senior season before he was taken by Denver in the first round of the NFL supplemental draft and played five years in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1990.
ARKANSAS – Jerry Lamb, End, 1962-64
A captain on Arkansas’ undefeated 1964 national championship team, Jerry Lamb was a sure-handed receiver for the Razorbacks from 1962-64 who earned All-Southwest Conference honors as both a junior and a senior. The SWC Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 1962, Lamb led the Razorbacks in receiving in 1962 and 1963 and finished his career as the second-leading pass-catcher in school history with 58 catches for 938 yards and eight touchdowns. He was selected in both the NFL and AFL drafts and played professionally with the AFL’s Chiefs. He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Arkansas 1960’s All-Decade team.
AUBURN – Carnell Williams, Running Back, 2001-04
Carnell “Cadillac” Williams was named an All-American as a senior in 2004 after rushing for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and the SEC Championship. He was a first-team All-SEC selection and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2004. A two-time first-team All-SEC pick, Williams finished as the school’s all-time leader in rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns and scoring. He finished second on Auburn’s all-time list in career rushing yards with 3,831. A 2001 freshman All-American, Williams was selected fifth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2005 NFL Draft and enjoyed a seven-year NFL career.
FLORIDA – Lito Sheppard, Cornerback, 1999-2001
A two-time All-American and first-team All-SEC selection during his playing days at Florida, Lito Sheppard played in 34 games, making 22 career starts. In 2000, he was the fourth sophomore, and second on defense, in Florida history to earn first-team All-America honors. He totaled 87 tackles, eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and scored two touchdowns as a punt returner. His two interceptions in the 2000 SEC Championship Game propelled the Gators to their sixth league title. Sheppard was a first-round selection in 2002 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, and was named a two-time Pro Bowler during his 10 seasons in the NFL.
GEORGIA – John Little, Roverback, 1983-86
A four-year letterman, John Little was a 1985 and 1986 first team All-America and All-SEC selection. A three-year starter, he also earned Academic All-SEC honors two seasons. His total of 381 career tackles is the best in school history for a defensive back and still ranks seventh best in school history for a player at any position. He once posted 25 tackles in a game against Georgia Tech in 1985 and his two interceptions in the fourth quarter versus Clemson in 1985 helped preserve a Bulldog victory. Following his senior season, Little was elected by teammates as the permanent team captain.
KENTUCKY – Derek Abney, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, 2000-03
Arguably the greatest kick returner in the history of college football, Derek Abney set seven NCAA records, 11 SEC records and 14 school records for kick returns and all-purpose yardage. Abney was the first player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 receiving yards, 2,000 kickoff return yards and 1,000 punt return yards in a career. He returned eight kicks for touchdowns in his career (six punts, two kickoffs), tying the NCAA record for total kick return touchdowns. He was a two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC performer on the college gridiron and is currently working as an engineer.
LSU – Doug Moreau, Split End/Kicker, 1963-65
An All-SEC selection as a split end in 1964, Doug Moreau earned All-America honors from Football News in 1965. He led the SEC in scoring as both a receiver and kicker in 1964 and he led LSU in receiving both his junior and senior seasons. Moreau was selected by Miami in the 19th round of the 1966 AFL draft and he went on to play four seasons for the Dolphins. He earned his law degree from LSU and was later the longtime District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish. He currently serves as color analyst for the LSU Sports Radio Network and has played a role on the Tiger football broadcasts for more than 40 years.
OLE MISS – Stan Hindman, Guard, 1963-65
Stan Hindman, one of the finest interior linemen in Ole Miss history, excelled on and off the field, earning both All-America and Academic All-America honors for the Rebels. A three-time first-team All-SEC selection, he was named to the 1960s All-SEC team, the SEC Skywriters All-Time SEC team and the Ole Miss Team of the Century as he helped lead the Rebels to three bowl games and the 1963 SEC championship. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient in 1966, he was selected in the first round of the 1966 NFL Draft by San Francisco and played seven seasons with the 49ers. He went on to become a successful architect in the San Francisco Bay Area.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Fred Smoot, Cornerback, 1999-2000
Fred Smoot was a first-team All-SEC selection in both his junior and senior seasons at Mississippi State and a consensus All-American cornerback as a senior in 2000. A finalist for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back, he transferred to Mississippi State from Hinds Community College and started all 23 of the games in which he played during his two-year career with the Bulldogs and intercepted 10 passes. Smoot was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played nine NFL seasons – seven with the Redskins and two with the Minnesota Vikings.
MISSOURI – Kellen Winslow, Tight End, 1976-78
One of the top tight ends to ever play the game, Kellen Winslow was a two-time All-Big Eight player and consensus All-American as a senior. His 28 passes caught for 479 yards and six TDs in 1978 were just the tip of the iceberg. He went on to a nine-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and revolutionized the tight end position, catching 541 passes for 6,741 yards and 45 TDs. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, and was a 2003 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was also honored in 2004 as an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Winner. Winslow is currently the Director of Athletics at Florida A&M University.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Sheldon Brown, Cornerback, 1998-2001
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at cornerback at South Carolina, Sheldon Brown played for the Gamecocks from 1998-2001. Brown was a first-team All-SEC selection and garnered All-America honors in both 2000 and 2001. A semifinalist for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back, he recorded 10 career interceptions. Brown was a versatile athlete who also played baseball at South Carolina, batting over .280 as the Gamecock right fielder and designated hitter. Brown was a second-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2002 and logged an 11-year NFL career with the Eagles and Cleveland Browns.
TENNESSEE – Todd Kelly, Defensive End, 1989-92
Todd Kelly played in 42 games in a four-year career at Tennessee from 1989-92, earning All-America honors by the Football News as a senior in 1992. He was also an All-SEC performer in 1992, when he recorded 11 sacks, a total that ranked second in Volunteer history at the time and now ranks tied for fourth. Kelly, who ended his career second on the Tennessee career sacks list with 22.5, also finished his stellar career with 88 tackles and 14 tackles for loss while also being elected a team captain in 1992. A first-round NFL draft choice by San Francisco in 1993, he played four seasons for the 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.
TEXAS A&M – Jacob Green, Defensive Line, 1977-79
A three-year letterman at defensive end at Texas A&M, Jacob Green earned All-America honors in 1978 and 1979 while setting the school record for sacks in a season with 20 his senior season, a mark that still stands. In one of his best games as an Aggie, he recorded four sacks and 22 tackles against Baylor in 1979. Green was a first-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks and, after playing 12 years for the club, his name was added to the organization’s Ring of Honor. He finished his NFL career with 116 sacks for Seattle, which at the time trailed only Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor in NFL history, and he earned All-Pro honors in 1983.
VANDERBILT – Jonathan Goff, Linebacker, 2004-07
Jonathan Goff earned All-SEC recognition in 2007 after leading the Commodores in tackles for the second consecutive year with a career high mark of 113. He was a two-time team captain and twice was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. He played in 46 games and started 36, recording 307 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses, 6.5 quarterback sacks with three interceptions. He was selected by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft and became a starter until a knee injury ended his playing career in 2012.
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