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Talley headed to College Football HOF

Former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley added another honor from his highly productive football career as he was elected to the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA) College Football Hall of Fame.

Talley is one of 14 players in the 2011 class. Fellow enshrinees include Deion Sanders (Florida State), Eddie George (Ohio State) and Will Shields (Nebraska). The class also includes two coaches -- Lloyd Carr of Michigan (1995-07) and Fisher DeBerry of Air Force (1984-06)

Talley was a dominant player at West Virginia, earning unanimous first-team All-American honors as a senior in 1982. A four-year starter, Talley finished with 484 career tackles, a school record that lasted 20 years. He added 19 sacks, five fumble recoveries and five interceptions before becoming a second-round draft pick of the Bills in 1983.

Talley becomes just the 12th Mountaineer elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, which has only 882 out of the more than four million people who have played college football since the first game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.

"When you think of all the millions of people who play collegiate sports, to be one of the few to be elected into the college football Hall of Fame is truly an honor,'' Talley said by phone Tuesday from his home in Orlando, Fla. "It speaks volumes to what goes into the process. It's humbling to be in a select company of great players and coaches.''

Talley and the rest of the 2011 class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on December 6 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. The official enshrinement at the Hall is tenatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.

---Allen Wilson

 

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