Big Ten Network Salutes Anthony Thompson
Feb. 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Big Ten Network is celebrating Black History Month featuring some of the most prominent black athletes in Big Ten history. This week the conference saluted 2007 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Anthony Thompson.
To view the Big Ten's salute to Anthony Thompson please visit http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1155394229/bctid1414281889.
The two-time All-American, became the sixth Hoosier to earn induction into the Hall of Fame, joining Zora Clevenger (1900-03), Alvin "Bo" McMillin (1934-47), John Tavener (1941-44), Pete Pihos (1942-43, '45-46) and George Taliaferro (1945, '47-48).
Thompson, who starred for the Hoosiers from 1986-89, earned first team All-America recognition following both his junior and senior seasons. A two-time Big Ten rushing champion, he captured the NCAA rushing and scoring titles during his senior campaign and was named the Walter Camp Foundation's Player of the Year, the AFCA "Coaches Choice" Player of the Year, won the Maxwell Award as the nation's finest college football player and finished second in the 1989 Heisman Trophy voting. Thompson finished his career with 5,299 rushing yards, including 377 yards in a game at Wisconsin in 1989.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native held the Division I record for career touchdowns with 65 until the 1998 season, when it was broken by Texas' Ricky Williams. He also held the Big Ten record for points scored with 412, a total that was surpassed by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1999. Following a stellar collegiate career, the Phoenix Cardinals selected Thompson in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft. He was a member of the Cardinals from 1990-92 and finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams.
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