Switzer in hall of fame

Friday, April 20th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fifteen players and three coaches _ including two Arkansas natives, tight end Keith Jackson and former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer _ were added to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Jackson, a graduate of Little Rock Parkview, and Switzer, born at Crossett, were winners of championships in both college and the NFL. The two won their college crowns at Oklahoma in 1985.

The announcement was made on Jackson's 38th birthday, and he said the present was a big honor.

``You always want to achieve at the highest level in any arena you play in,'' he said. ``This is one of those things where they said you were one of the best at what you did. It's a great pat on the back.''

At Oklahoma, Jackson averaged 28.8 yards per catch in his junior season, and 27.5 yards his senior year.

Jackson went on to a 10-year career in the National Football League, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won the 1997 Super Bowl in Jackson's final game.

Switzer is the winningest coach at Oklahoma, having coached teams that went 178-29-4. The record includes three national championships, in 1974, 1975 and 1985. In the NFL, Switzer coached the Dallas Cowboys for three years, winning the Super Bowl in 1996.

Switzer credited his colleagues at Oklahoma for his honor.

``This reflects the hard work of so many Oklahoma assistant coaches and players,'' he said. ``This represents all of us.''

Jackson said he and Switzer talked this spring about the possibility that they would be inducted into the hall together. After Thursday's announcement, Jackson said, he got a telephone message from Switzer saying ``We did it, we're going in together, big boy.''

``I think he deserved to go in years ago, but I'm glad they waited until this year so I could go in with him,'' Jackson said.

Jackson is now the color analyst for Arkansas Razorback football broadcasts. He devotes much of his time to an organization he founded at Little Rock called PARK _ Positive Attitude Reaches Kids _ that helps youngsters both academically and athletically.

Others added to the Hall of Fame were defensive back Terry Kinard of Clemson, halfback Jon Arnett of USC, placekicker Kevin Butler of Georgia, wide receiver Anthony Carter of Michigan, end Dick Duden of Navy, defensive tackle Tim Green of Syracuse, quarterback Ralph Guglielmi of Notre Dame, tackle John Hicks of Ohio State and linebacker D.D. Lewis of Mississippi State.

Also, running back Don McCauley of North Carolina, tackle John Outland of Kansas and Penn, lineman Glenn Ressler of Penn State, defensive back Brad Van Pelt of Michigan State, quarterback Steve Young of Brigham Young, coach Grant Teaff of McMurry, Angelo State and Baylor, and coach Bill Yeoman of Houston.

McCauley set an NCAA record with 1,720 yards rushing at North Carolina in 1970, a total that remains a school record and second-highest in ACC history.

``One of the reasons that record lasted so long was that I carried 300-plus times,'' he said. ``I was fortunate my legs stood up and the team did a great job.

``Today, the game is more open and teams use two backs. I came from the era of bigger running backs. Today, they have a lot more speed, going 4.3, 4.4 for the 40.''

McCauley also is the answer to a bit of NFL trivia. When coach Don Shula left Baltimore for Miami, the Dolphins gave the Colts a draft pick as compensation. That pick turned out to be McCauley, who played 11 years with the Colts.