July 5, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The National Football Foundation announced the dates for Purdue standout Mark Herrmann's College Football Hall of Fame induction and the annual Enshrinement Festival on Tuesday, welcoming fans to South Bend on July 15 and 16. Herrmann and 19 other football standouts will receive tribute and be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game's greatest players and coaches find their place on college football's mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country."
A list of Purdue greats would certainly not be complete without mentioning quarterback Mark Herrmann. In his collegiate career, he set 23 Purdue, six Big Ten, and nine NCAA records while directing the Boilermakers to an overall mark of 33-13-1. Herrmann left Purdue as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, holding records in passing yards and completions. He became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 8,000 yards and subsequently the first to reach 9,000 yards passing. The three-year period from 1978 to 1980 arguably stands as one of the most successful in school annals. Purdue went 9-2-1 in 1978, 10-2 in 1979 and 9-3 in 1980, and won bowl games all three years. During the postseason, Mark was extraordinary, earning MVP honors in the 1978 Peach, 1979 Bluebonnet, and 1980 Liberty Bowls. Selected in the fourth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Herrmann played for four teams during an 11-year NFL career before retiring from the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. After playing professionally, Mark served as a radio color commentator for the Colts from 1994 to 2004 and as the associate director of Education Programs for the NCAA from 2002 to 2009. Herrmann makes his home in Indianapolis and has spent time on the Lawrence Township Foundation Board, among other organizations.
"Mark Herrmann helped usher in the modern era passing attack, redefining how often teams would throw, and his Hall of Fame coach Jim Young let him loose to call his own plays and the records began to fall," NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said. "Mark is extremely deserving of the Hall of Fame moniker."
"The College Football Hall of Fame is elated to bring another Enshrinement Festival to our community," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. "The 2011 Enshrinement Festival promises to be even better than the last as we continue our tradition of excellence by enhancing each of our events that are engaging for the entire family. We are excited to welcome the large groups of fans and alumni that will be joining us from across the country to celebrate with this year's class of outstanding Hall of Famers as they receive college football's greatest honor."
Tickets for all events are on sale now. Space is limited for certain events. For events, pricing, times, tickets, or for more information on Mark Herrmann and his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame visit www.enshrinementfestival.org or call 574-235-5714. For more information concerning media credentials, satellite coordinates, or scheduling interviews contact Kimberly Bugos, marketing and public relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-335-1286.