The University of Utah announced the inductees into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame, and there are some big names that made the cut this year. First and foremost, they inducted the entire 1998 Four Four team, that lost to Kentucky in the NCAA final. They are the third whole team to be inducted, including the first Liberty Bowl team, and the 1944 National Championship team.
Jamal Anderson also made the cut. The Dirty Bird had a very nice NFL career after leaving Utah, as he lead the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl in 1998. Anderson is still a huge Ute fan, and follows the program as well as any former alumni.
Alex Jensen, a member of that Final Four team, made the cut as well. You'll see more about Jensen below, but as a young guy, he was an integral part of that Final Four run. Alex follows up Andre Miller from that Final Four team, who was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame last year.
Here's the full release from the Utah Athletics Department:
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah will enshrine four former
As Utah's top rusher in 1993 with 958 yards and 11 touchdowns, Jamal Anderson helped lead the Utes to a seven-win season and a Freedom Bowl berth against USC. Anderson went on to play eight seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, recording 5,336 rushing yards, 1,645 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. He was the NFC's top rusher and first-team All-Pro in 1998, leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
Utah softball's first-ever All-American, Melonie Kent was a first-team selection in 1981 after hitting
The 1999 uneven bars NCAA national champion, Angie Leonard was a five-time All-American for the Ute gymnastics team from 1996-99. Leonard earned three career top-six placings at the NCAA Championships, including fourth on vault and sixth on bars in 1997 to go with her '99 bars title. She also scored a 10.0 on uneven bars against Stanford in 1997.
After playing offensive guard and linebacker for the Utes, George Seifert began his legendary football coaching career as a graduate assistant with Utah's 1964 Liberty Bowl championship team. Seifert helped guide the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories as defensive coordinator from 1980-88. He then took over as the 49ers' head coach, leading them to Super Bowl titles in 1989 and ‘94.
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