Friday, May 31, 2013
DALLAS, Texas - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Wednesday the members of the 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class. The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction. Westminster quarterback Joe Micchia '90 was one of the four players selected.
This is a truly exceptional group of College Football Hall of Fame inductees from the divisional ranks," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments this summer, and we applaud them for reaching the pinnacle of recognition in our great sport."
With an undefeated record as a starter and two national championships under his belt, few can match the stellar collegiate career of Westminster's Joe Micchia. The quarterback becomes the third Titans player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A two-time All-American (1989-First Team, 1988-Second Team), Micchia led Westminster to back-to-back undefeated seasons en route to consecutive NAIA Division II national championships. The school's first-ever 4,000-yard passer holds Titans records for career (68) and season (32) touchdown passes, and he went 31-0 as a starter. A two-time national title game MVP, he led his team to a 27-game winning streak (1988-89) that ranked as the nation's longest among all divisions at the time.
After graduating from Westminster, Micchia completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994, later completing his residency in Columbus, Ohio. He worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and at North Raleigh Primary Care before forming a practice in Wake Forest, N.C. with his wife in 2010.
Micchia played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Fusco at Westminster, and he was inducted into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
The NFF launched its Divisional Hall of Fame program in 1996 during its annual enshrinement festival. A total of 144 players and coaches, counting this year's class, have been inducted from the divisional ranks, including Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Randle (Texas A&M, Kingsville), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), and coach Eddie Robinson (Grambling State).
Including the recently announced 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision class and this class of divisional honorees, only 934 players and 205 coaches, have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 4.92 million who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two one-hundredths of one percent (.0002) of the individuals who have played the game have been deemed worthy of this distinction. This year's divisional class brings the number of schools represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer to 296.
The 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be honored this summer in Atlanta, Ga., during the Enshrinement ceremonies in August.
***Release courtesy of the National Football Foundation
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.
Micchia led Westminster to back-to-back undefeated seasons en route to consecutive NAIA Division II national championships.