Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2008 is Legendary
The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl today announced the members of their Hall of Fame Class of 2008. This year's induction class includes University of Florida's famed Running Back Errict Rhett and LSU acclaimed Wide Receiver Wendell Davis.
Ramsey, N.J. and Jacksonville, Fla. - December 22, 2008 - The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl today announced the members of their Hall of Fame Class of 2008. This year's induction class includes University of Florida's famed Running Back Errict Rhett and LSU acclaimed Wide Receiver Wendell Davis.
The Gator Bowl Coaches Luncheon and Hall of Fame Induction will take place at 12:00 noon on December 31 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville. In addition to the induction ceremony, Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini and Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney will also be featured speakers. Emcee for this event will be Tim Brando, the host of CBS Sports College Football Today.
Errict Rhett, Running Back
University of Florida
Errict Rhett was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida and attended the University of Florida where he became Florida's all-time leading rusher with 4,163 career yards, which ranks fourth highest in SEC history. He also caught 153 passes in his career, the top total in UF history for a running back. Rhett was the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for more than 4,100 yards and catch more than 140 passes in a career. He led the SEC in rushing in 1991 and 1993. Rhett and Emmitt Smith are the only UF players to have multiple 1,000 yard rushing seasons.
Rhett enjoyed a seven-year career in the NFL. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.
Errict Rhett played in the 1992 Gator Bowl where he rushed for 182 years in the Gator's victory over North Carolina State 27-10. He was named Most Valuable Player of this game for his outstanding performance.
Wendell Davis, Wide Receiver
Louisiana State University
Wendell Davis was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and started participating in sports at a young age. He was named a High School Blue Chip All-American in football as a wide receiver and accepted an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University.
Wendell played four years of college football at LSU and was named All-American as a junior and senior and became LSU's all-time leading receiver in yardage and receiving.
In 1988 Wendell Davis became a first round pick of the Chicago Bears. He played 6 years with the Bears and was the team-leading receiver two years straight. He is currently ranked 13th on the Bears all-time receivers list. He also played one year with the Indianapolis Colts.
Wendell Davis was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 Gator Bowl where he scored 3 touchdowns for LSU in their victory over South Carolina 30-13.
Wendell Davis is married with three children and resides in Mundelein, Illinois.
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