Cornelius Bennett Enshrined into College Football Hall of Fame
SOUTH BEND, Indiana -- Cornelius Bennett, a three-time All-American linebacker at The University of Alabama (1983-86) was enshrined into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening in South Bend, Ind.
"I am still trying to come to grips with it. This is not bad for an old country boy from Birmingham, Ala. This is a tremendous honor not only for Cornelius Bennett, but for The University of Alabama, my coaches and teammates and all the loyal Crimson Tide fans."
"I think it says a lot. The University of Alabama has turned out a lot of great football players. It is an honor to be here with some of the greats. This speaks volumes about the history of Alabama football. There are many others who also should be elected to the Hall of Fame. Derrick Thomas should get in very soon. He had a great career at Alabama and was a tremendous player. I also think Bobby Humphrey should be considered. He also had a great career. Alabama had also had a lot of good kickers that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Van Tiffin and Philip Doyle come to mind. Both of them had a memorable game-winning kick and their career numbers are worthy of induction."
"We have a lot of loyal and fanatical fans at The University of Alabama. There are people that support our team that can recall many games and plays from the last 50 years. For them to remember me for that one play is a great honor. I also feel like they remember for more than that one play, too. I just happened to be the one that got to the quarterback and make the play. I had a job to do and the ability to do the job. Coach (Joe) Kines (the defensive coordinator at UA in 1985-86) called me the bellcow because he told me I could make things happen."
The sack is regarded as one of the greatest plays in Alabama football lore and now 20 years later you are inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. How does that make you feel?
"It is really a weird feeling. I have never been to South Bend or the Notre Dame campus before this weekend election into the Hall of Fame. The play against Notre Dame and now, 20 years later, going into the Hall of Fame in South Bend gives me an eerie feeling. Alabama has not had a lot of success against Notre Dame. To represent The University of Alabama in the College Football Hall of Fame off the only Crimson Tide football team to beat Notre Dame is a great honor for me. I am very proud to represent The University of Alabama."