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Former UM great Russell Maryland speaks about his election to College Football Hall of Fame (He thought Cortez Kennedy was playing a joke)


     Add another Miami Hurricane to the College Football Hall of Fame.

      Former Hurricanes defense tackle Russell Maryland undoubtedly had one of the thrills of his life Tuesday morning when he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame and then got to officially open the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square.

        Maryland, 42, won national titles with UM in 1987 and 1989. He was the first UM player to win the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman in 1990. That year he had 96 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He was a consensus All-American and finished his career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He was then drafted first overall by former UM coach Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys.

      Johnson, who went to Arkansas, was one of nine coaches nominated this year for the College Football Hall of Fame. But Johnson was not elected to the Hall.

      I talked to Maryland this morning, shortly after he helped open the stock market. It was pretty funny, actually, because they were about to interview Maryland before the stock-market opening, and some lady rushed up to the podium and told them they HAD to open the market on time. They were running way late, so nobody got interviewed live on the web, and Maryland, along with fellow new Hall members Lloyd Carr (former Michigan coach) and former Alabama DT Marty Lyons rang the bell (actually it was pushing a button) together.

     "They open the stock market at 9:30,'' Maryland said. "They can't be listening to me talking about my old Miami days and then stand there waiting on the floor for me to stop talking to conduct business.''

    Maryland said the whole experience has been very exciting. He wore a dark green (of course) suit and pumped his fist when he opened NASDAQ trading. He said he first learned the news recently when he was contacted by phone by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame president and CEO Steve Hatchell.

    "He said, 'You know, you have to keep this under wraps,''' Maryland said of Hatchell. "But when he first contacted me I thought it was [former UM DT great] Cortez Kennedy or somebody close playing a trick on me. I was like, 'Come on Now!' I didn't even know I was nominated until Cortez called me when the nominations came out in March.

    "He said, 'Go to the website.' And the website has hundred and hundreds of names of guys who are great players. And I'm like, 'I can't believe this.' I see my name in the midst of them and I'm like, 'OK, I probably won't go in this year but there's always hope.''' 

     The National Football Foundation on March 7 announced the names of the 79 players (and the nine coaches) from the Football Bowl Subdivision who were nominated for induction.

      Maryland played defensive tackle in the NFL with Dallas, the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers for 10 seasons.

      The other UM players in the College Football Hall of Fame are quarterback Gino Torretta, running back Don Bosseler, defensive end Ted Hendricks and safety Bennie Blades. Former UM coaches Jack Harding and Andy Gustafson are also in the Hall.

     "When Steve Hatchell called me a couple days ago and said, 'We want you to come to New York,' I was like, 'Man, this is probably real -- actually surreal.' It's an honor and a blessing to be named among the cream of the crop of college football athletes."

    For all you Canes fans who haven't kept up lately with Maryland's whereabouts, he now lives in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. He was formerly a salesman for an electronics company in Dallas, but he's currently not working. His aspiration is to work in an official role with NFL or college athletes ("Maybe even high school athletes,'' he said) to help mentor athletes -- counsel them. Russell earned his degree in psychology from the University of Miami.

   Russell, who grew up in Chicago, is married to Rose, a Miami Edison High alum, and has three children: 14-year-old daughter Kyra, 11-year-old daughter Iris, and 6-year-old son Russell Jr.

    Congratulations to Russell!


  P.S. I'm still working on getting my first 1,000 followers on Twitter @smillerdegnan. I have 934 followers now and I thank each one of you!





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Congratulations Russell!!

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Congratulation Russell, Derwin Jones would be proud bro. Cane for life.

Congrats to all my Canes entering the College Hall of Fame. You all deserve it. Keep the tradition alive, the storm is brewing.

Beast. Thats how you can describe the big boi Maryland. A pure baller. A beast in the trenches. One of the best canes ever

2011 inductee Carlos Alvarez is the third Florida player elected to the Hall of Fame since 2006.

He will be the ninth overall representative of the Gators to be enshrined in the hall, joining coaches Charlie Bachman (1978), Doug Dickey (2003) and Ray Graves (1990), and players linebacker Wilber Marshall (2008), running back Emmitt Smith (2006), quarterback Steve Spurrier (1986) and defensive ends Dale Van Sickel (1975) and Jack Youngblood (1992).


U lose again

yet here you are...

Just a little something U should know: Maryland was nicknamed "The Conscious" when he was at the U. He's a very smart person. And Bennie Blades, the leader of "Bennie and the Jets" was a feared safety in all of college football. U trust me on this: Receivers did not like Blades because he told them what they weren't going to do.

If U could bring Maryland out to push DT Forston further along and then get Blades to counsel FS Telemaque, U would be back to prominence in a heartbeat. U think about it: Maryland and Blades whispering in ears....Whew!!!!

Russell Maryland one of the all time greats. Class act on and off the field. Not highly recruited but a heart like a lion. Great NFL pro career as well. Makes me proud to be a Cane.

Gtr a55hole:

That's partly because your swamp of a "school" has had football for >50 years compared to UM, yet, UM has more NCs and has beaten the "gatr floppers" more times, and has more players with superbowl rings, more players in the NFL, more players scoring consecutive TDs in the NFL, more national ch played for, the highest TV ratings, and finally,

Um beat U the first time they ever played...At swamp ville.

Dont come here because you all dont belong in the same sentence as UM. In fact,

thee was a cane, a seminole and a buckeye enshrined today. Any gators? Let's see, nah!

You do beat us in number of arrests in the lst 5 yrs. Congratulations rednk

I'm a UM fan and I generally can't stand this blog because of everyone's preoccupation with a team that won't play us and isn't even our rival but...

I also can't stand Canes fans bashing the Gators for their players' legal problems - which is it, are you ashamed of UM's great tradition and the way they brought in untapped talent from the inner city and won national championships with them or are you just hypocrites?

Those are the only two options.

Are you saying there is an equivalency here? I am happy to put Canes players legal problems while in college with those of the Gatard trash. It isn't even close.

The Canes' "Thug U" rep came about because of perceived poor sportsmanship on the field. Gatard trash has serious legal problems. I mean, there are no bloody credit cards on Canes hands.

So shove the sanctimonious attitude, dude.

BTW, Gatard trash has 1 player since '85 in the CHOF. There us an avalanche of Canes coming to the CHOF.

Man some of these players are a trip. They come in thinking they are entitled to start from the beginning. Like there wasn't going to be competition for that position. I hate to see storm go because he had ability and he had one of the coolest names that fit with the hurricanes. In any event I wish him well in his future endeavors.

CONGRATULATIONS RUSSELL!!! You were the very best in your day and most deserving of your selection into the College Football Hall of Fame!!! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you play as you consistently wreck havoc on every opponent's offense where no one could stop, block, and/or handle you! You were a real powerful and nasty beast that brought fear and terror in the offensive line, running backs, and quarterbacks!!! U DA MAN!!! You need to move back to Miami and coach the Canes defensive line to be just like you!!! Are you listening Coach Golden???

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