Every year the Rose Bowl enshrines multiple members into the Hall Of Fame for their efforts both on and off the field. At the induction ceremony on the afternoon of December 31, 2011, the Rose Bowl will induct Ron Dayne, Dick Enberg, George Fleming and others into the Hall Of Fame. All three will be present at this year's game between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers.
"The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame recognizes the finest class of individuals to have played, coached and contributed their talents on the hallowed field of the Rose Bowl Stadium," said Tournament of Roses Interim Executive Director Bill Flinn. "We are proud to annually induct a class which will be honored for years to come through this ceremony."
Ron Dayne started four years at running back for the University of Wisconsin. During his career as a Badger, he set the NCAA Division I-A rushing record for total yards gaining 1,863 yards as a freshman, 1,421 as a sophomore, 1,325 as a junior and 1,834 as a senior.
Dayne led the Badgers to bowl games each season with his most impressive performances coming in the 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl Game victories where he rushed for 246 yards and 200 yards, respectively. Dayne won MVP honors in both games, becoming only the third player in the history of the Rose Bowl Game to repeat as MVP - and the first Big Ten player; a record still held today.
Dick Enberg began his full-time broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles as the radio and television voice of the California Angels, UCLA basketball and the Los Angeles Rams. Before joining NBC, he was named California Sportscaster of the Year four times.
Enberg took over as lead play-by-play announcer for the network's telecast of the Rose Bowl Game in 1980. He would be in the booth in Pasadena every year until ABC picked up the broadcast in 1988. In 1974, he won an Emmy for coverage of the Rose Parade. Enberg's versatility is reflected in the fact that he is the only person to win national Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, writer and producer.
Senator George Fleming served as a running back, kicker, kick returner, punt returner and defensive safety for the University of Washington Huskies. In his second year, the Huskies posted a 10-1 record and reached the 1960 Rose Bowl Game. At running back, Fleming scored one touchdown and helped set up his team for two more; he also kicked a field goal and five extra points. For his performance, he was named the Rose Bowl Game's co-most valuable player with Bob Schloredt. Washington went on to defeat Wisconsin, 44-8.
In 1961, the Huskies returned to the Rose Bowl Game. Fleming scored the game's first points on his 44-yard field goal, which at the time, was the longest in Rose Bowl Game history. He went on to convert the extra point for Washington's next two touchdowns and helped cap another Rose Bowl Game victory-this time against Minnesota, 17-7.
This information courtesy of an official release from the Rose Bowl Committee. The 2012 Rose Bowl will be played on January 2, 2012.