College Football HOF
College Football HOF 2005
The College Football Hall of Fame held their Class of 2005 Enshrinement
Festival this month in South Bend, Indiana. The Hall of Fame extended Helmet
Hut a special invitation to this year's event to formally introduce the
Official Vintage College Football Hall of Fame Helmet and the line of other
licensed vintage college helmets offered by Helmet Hut and their exclusive
webstore Gridiron Memories.
The 2005 Class included such college football legends as Jack Tatum (Ohio
State), Joe Kapp (Cal), Ray Guy (Southern Miss), Jim Mandich (Michigan), Bob
Anderson (Army) and Lydell Mitchell (Penn State). Helmet Hut was especially
excited about the enshrinement of Joe Kapp and Bob Anderson of whom Helmet
Hut had the past pleasure of reproducing their playing days helmets for them
and featuring them in Helmet Hut articles.
The weekend gala included a golf outing, parade, fanfest and the formal
enshrinement dinner and ceremony. One of the highlights of the event was the
annual flag football game played by the new enshrinement class. It was a
classic replay moment when Joe Kapp called a multiple lateral play
reminiscent of the storied "The Play" when Cal, coached by the same Mr.
Kapp, refused to give up and after countless laterals scored a winning last
second kickoff return against John Elway's Stanford team in 1982.
Unfortunately, Joe and his Hall of Fame teammates did not realize similar
success this time as they were flagged for a forward lateral as the crowd
chastised the officials for their lack of compassionate discretion. The
forever young and athletic Ray Guy, looking like he could still punt high
ones for the Raiders, was named MVP of the game with two touchdown
receptions and an interception.
The following pictures reflect some of this year's pageantry and color:
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