Andy Dalton, who led the TCU Horned Frogs to a Rose Bowl victory, leads a large class of former Horned Frogs that will be inducted into the TCU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in September.
The class, announced by TCU’s athletic department, will feature eight people from different sports.
But Dalton, who left TCU and built a long career in the NFL as a starting quarterback, is the most prominent.
The class will be inducted in a ceremony on Sept. 29 and then be honored on the field at TCU’s home football game on Oct. 1.
Dalton remains the program’s all-time winningest quarterback with a record of 42-8. He was the 2011 Rose Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Horned Frogs to a 21-19 win over Wisconsin. At the time, the Horned Frogs were in the Mountain West. TCU finished that season with a 13-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking in the final poll.
Dalton also finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting for the 2010 season. He is currently with the New Orleans Saints.
The rest of the class includes baseball’s Jake Arrieta and Bryan Holaday, swimming and diving’s Jason Flint, football’s Jake Kirkpatrick and track and field’s Jackson Langat.
Arrieta won the 2015 Cy Young award, while Holaday was the nation’s top catcher in his finals season in Fort Worth. Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Award as the nation’s best center in 2010 as a teammate of Dalton’s. Flint was an All-American and Langat won the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship in the 800 meters.
Former track and field star Lee Williams is the Vintage Category honoree, while longtime athletics administrator Jack Hesselbrock is the Special Contributor recipient.
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