Bob Stoops, Tony Romo among 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class

Darren Sproles

He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in Philadelphia and is tied with DeSean Jackson for the most punt return touchdowns in Eagles history.

Sproles played on some of the most memorable teams in K-State history as the Wildcats went 22-6 over his sophomore and junior seasons, including the 2003 campaign when Kansas State won its first Big 12 Championship with a 35-7 upset over top-ranked Oklahoma.

Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops and ex-Eastern Illinois star quarterback Tony Romo headline the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced Monday.

One of the most electrifying all-purpose running backs in the early 2000s, Kansas State's Darren Sproles has been selected to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021.

Three players - Arizona State safety David Fulcher, Texas defensive tackle Kenneth Sims and Notre Dame tackle Aaron Taylor - were two-time first-team All-Americans.

Former Florida A&M head coach Rudy Hubbard joined Stoops as the only coaches inducted this year.

The victor of the 2002 Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Tony Romo goes down as one of the greatest players in Eastern Illinois history.

Sproles later went on to have an impressive 15-season career as a National Football League player.

Stoops played at Iowa for Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry. One of his college teammates, defensive end Andre Tippett, a 1981 All-American, was also announced as a member of this year's class. The four-time Pro Bowl selection holds Cowboy records for career passing yards and passing touchdowns. He still ranks second at USC and sixth in conference history.

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will also be inducted December 7 as the 2020 enshrinement ceremony was canceled because of COVID-19.

He was the only player voted to the National Football League 2010s All-Decade Team at two positions: punt returner and as an offensive flex player.

Sproles hold three of the top five marks for single season rushing yardage in school history, including the top mark of 1,986 yards in 2003.

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