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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Canadian Football League Legend going into College Football Hall Of Fame

Lincoln University great Leo Lewis has been selected to join the next class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame.Lewis, a running back for the Blue Tigers from 1951-54, holds the school records touchdowns in a season (22), touchdowns in a career (64), rushing yards in a season (1,239) and career rushing yards (4,457).In fact, Lewis holds the top three single-season rushing marks and his career total is more than double the second-place total.After graduating from Lincoln, Lewis went on to a storied career in the Canadian Football League. He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1955-65, being named All-Pro six times and eventually earned a spot in the CFL Hall of Fame.Lewis is part of the Division Hall of Fame Class of 2005, which includes players and coaches from the NCAA Divisions I-AA, II and III, along with NAIA honorees. This is the 10th Divisional Class honored, as the Hall of Fame was expanded in 1996 to include players and coaches outside of NCAA Division I.To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, players must have received First-Team All-America status by a selector recognized by the NCAA, played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years, but no fewer than 10 years ago; and be retired from playing professionally. Coaches are eligible three years after retirement, provided they were a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.Lewis and his fellow inductees will be honored at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., on Aug. 12-13.


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