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Erickson spent six seasons in Coral Gables, winning two national titles and playing for two more during that span.
The College Football Hall of Fame announced their inductees for the Class of 2019 on Monday – and the Sunshine State was well represented among the group of 15 players and coaches selected.
Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Dennis Erickson was one of two coaches named to the class by the National Football Foundation. Erickson spent six seasons in Coral Gables, winning two national titles and playing for two more during that span before leaving to coach the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks after the 1994 season.
Erickson becomes the 10th member of the hall associated with the Hurricanes, tying the program with the Florida Gators for most of any school in the state, and the fourth former Miami coach to be inducted – a group that includes the man he replaced, Jimmy Johnson.
Two others with Florida ties were selected as well – as former Florida State defensive back Terrell Buckley becomes the eighth former Seminole to be honored.
Buckley was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back in 1991 before a 14 season NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New England Patriots and six seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Former Florida A&M head coach Joe Taylor becomes the fourth former Rattler to be selected. Taylor won over 70 percent of games he coached over a 30 season career at some of the top HBCU programs in the country that included coaching his final five seasons in Tallahassee before retiring near the end of the 2012 season.
The players and coaches honored – a group that also includes Hollywood native Lorenzo White, who started at Dillard High School and later Michigan State – will be inducted December 10th during a ceremony in New York City.