Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2015
December 1, 2015 | Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to pay tribute to members of the Rose Bowl Game® who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game and those who embody the highest level of passion, strength, tradition and honor associated with the Granddaddy of Them All®. As the presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Northwestern Mutual shares and honors those attributes and is proud to share the accomplishments of this year’s inductees.
Mark Brunell: Brunell played in three Rose Bowl Games for the University of Washington from 1991 to 1993. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1993. Brunell went on to be a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Jacksonville Jaguars and also played for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets during his 19 seasons in the league. In 2010, Brunell earned a Super Bowl ring as part of the New Orleans Saints. He currently resides in Florida and is the head football coach for the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. He also works as an NFL analyst for ESPN. Mark and his wife, Stacy, have four children.
Fredrick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard: This year’s game marks the 100th anniversary of Pollard’s appearance in the 1916 Rose Bowl Game. The Brown University running back was the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl Game, and later he became the first black coach and quarterback in the NFL. In 1954, Pollard was the first African-American elected to the National College Football Hall of Fame. Pollard died in 1986, but in 2005, he was posthumously elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His name lives on through the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes the hiring of minorities in the NFL.
Jim Muldoon: Muldoon served as the Rose Bowl Game Media Director for 29 years, handling the media operations and promotion of the Granddaddy of Them All from 1979 to 2007. Until 2007, the Pac-10 Conference handled all media relations for the game. Muldoon served 32 years as associate commissioner of the Pac-10 with responsibilities in media relations, football administration and event management. He is a graduate of Notre Dame. Muldoon and his wife, Rose-Meri, are parents of a son, Brian.
Tyrone Wheatley: Wheatley was a standout at the University of Michigan from 1991 to 1994. He led the Wolverines to a 38-31 victory over Washington in the 1993 Rose Bowl Game, in which he scored three touchdowns and rushed for 235 yards on just 15 carries and was named Rose Bowl Game Player of the Game. Wheatley went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders, for which he appeared in the 2003 Super Bowl. Wheatley went on to have a successful coaching career, and he’s now at Michigan, his alma mater, in his first year as a running back coach.
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at noon PT at the Pasadena Convention Center on Dec. 30, two days before the kickoff of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.