SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former University of Michigan defensive back and one-time NCAA career interception leader Tom Curtis has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced today (Wednesday, May 18) by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Curtis is one of 11 players and two coaches who will enter college football's ultimate shrine in South Bend, Ind.
Curtis was an integral part of coach Bo Schembechler's first team in 1969. A senior that year, Curtis recorded eight interceptions for 156 yards, leading the Wolverines to an 8-3 record and the Big Ten championship. Curtis recorded 55 tackles for the season, including six in the now legendary 24-12 upset over top-ranked and undefeated Ohio State. He joined tight end Jim Mandich as Schembechler's first All-Americans at Michigan.
Curtis set a school and then NCAA record with 25 interceptions during his career. That total is still tops in Michigan history, second in the Big Ten Conference record book and tied for fourth all-time in NCAA history despite his playing only three seasons (freshmen were ineligible). A two-time All-Big Ten first team selection (1968-69), Curtis had seven interceptions as a sophomore in 1967 and followed it up with a U-M single-season record 10 in 1968. His 431 interception return yards are still tops on the Wolverines' career list by a wide margin. He started 30 of 31 games during his career.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with an economics degree in 1970. Curtis was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and played two seasons in the NFL, appearing in Super Bowl V.
Today, Curtis is owner and publisher of the Football News and three NFL publications. He is an active member of the Haileah/Miami Springs Rotary and the NFL Alumni Association in Miami, Fla.
Curtis was selected from a national ballot of 75 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees. The 2005 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 48th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, 2005, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Curtis will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend during ceremonies in August of 2006.
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