HoF for Dennis Erickson & Jacob Green
Former college and Seahawks head coach Dennis Erickson, and Texas A&M and Seahawks defensive back Jacob Green, have been named to the 2019 induction class for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Erickson coached at six colleges and led his teams to 12 bowl games and at least a share of six conference titles in 23 successful seasons as a head coach.
He began his head-coaching career in 1982 at Idaho, where he became the first coach since 1938 to post consecutive winning seasons at the school and the first coach in Vandals history to have four-consecutive winning seasons. Erickson led Idaho to the Big Sky Conference title in 1985 and two trips to the FCS Playoffs.
Following a one-year stint as the head coach at Wyoming in 1986, he took over the program at Washington State for two seasons. In his second year, Erickson was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to their first nine-win season since 1930 and their first bowl victory in 73 seasons – a win over Houston in the 1988 Aloha Bowl.
Erickson would see his greatest success at Miami from 1989-94, posting a 63-9 record and an 87.5 winning percentage, which remains the highest in school history. The only coach to win two national titles at Miami, his Hurricanes took home the crown following the 1989 and 1991 seasons while playing in two other national championship games in 1992 and 1994.
Erickson joined the NFL ranks as head coach of the Seahawks in the 1995-1998 seasons, and then took over the program at Oregon State in 1999. He was the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2003-2004, and then returned to Idaho as head coach in 2006 and at Arizona St. in the 2007-2011 seasons.
He is currently the head coach of the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance of American Football, a new professional league that will kick off in February, 2019. Erickson is a native of Everett, Washington.
Jacob Green terrorized quarterbacks at defensive end while setting multiple sack records at Texas A&M, and he becomes the 11th Aggie player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play with a lot of great players and be coached by some of the greatest coaches that have ever came through Texas A&M,” Green said. “For me to be going to the College Football Hall of Fame with the list of guys that are going in is really unbelievable. I am so honored to be in the conversation with this unique group of guys. It’s really special, and I’m excited about it.”
Green was named a first-team All-American in 1979 after recording 20 sacks, which still stands as a Texas A&M single-season record. He finished his career as the Aggies’ all-time leader with 38 career sacks, which currently ranks second in the school record books and remain the most by a Texas A&M defensive lineman. A two-year team captain, Green owns the Texas A&M record with 12 career forced fumbles, and his 22 tackles against Baylor in 1979 were an Aggie single-game record (currently tied for third). He finished his career with 283 total tackles.
The two-time All-Southwest Conference selection guided the Aggies to a pair of bowl games, including a victory over No. 19 Iowa State in the 1978 Hall of Fame Classic that helped A&M take over the No. 19 spot in the final AP rankings. During the 1979 season, Green led the Aggies to upsets over No. 6 Penn State and No. 6 Texas.
A member of Texas A&M’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s, he is enshrined in the Texas A&M Athletic, Southwest Conference, State of Texas Sports and Texas African-American Halls of Fame.
“At the end of the day, it’s an honor that puts things in perspective and I’m thankful for all the support over the years, especially from my family, but also for all the people at Texas A&M.”
The Seahawks selected Green as the 10th overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, where he played through the 1991 season. He was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1995.
Green currently serves as Vice President of Major Gifts and Endowments for the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M.
Erickson and Green will join 21 other Seahawks Legends in the College Football Hall of Fame:
Jerry Gray (Seahawks Defensive Backs Coach: 2010)
Jerry Rhome (Seahawks Quarterbacks & Receivers Coach: 1976-1982)