USC's Tony Boselli Named To College Football Hall Of Fame
May 22, 2014
Former USC two-time All-American offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who twice was the NFL Lineman of the Year, has been named to the 16-member 2014 Football Bowl Subdivision Class of the College Football Hall of Fame.
He is the 40th inductee with USC ties, including 31 players, in the College Football Hall of Fame. A Trojan has been elected into the Hall in 11 of the past 15 years.
Boselli will be inducted at a Dec. 9 dinner in New York City and then enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies in the summer of 2015.
His 2014 classmates include 11 other players - defensive back Dre Bly of North Carolina, defensive tackle Dave Butz of Purdue, linebacker Shane Conlan of Penn State, quarterback Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech, linebacker John Huard of Maine, halfback Darrin Nelson of Stanford, offensive lineman Willie Roaf of Louisiana Tech, quarterback John Sciarra of UCLA, wide receiver Sterling Sharpe of South Carolina, cornerback Leonard Smith of McNeese State, linebacker Derrick Thomas of Alabama, tailback LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU and tight end Wesley Walls of Mississippi - along with 2 coaches: Mike Bellotti of Chico State and Oregon and Jerry Moore of North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State.
Boselli is regarded as one of the finest offensive tackles to play at USC and in the NFL. A four-year (1991-94) starter at USC, he was a two-time (1992-94) All-American first teamer and three-time (1991-92-94) All-Pac-10 first teamer. As a 1994 senior, he was USC's MVP and team captain and won the Pac-10 Morris Trophy, as well as being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
The No. 2 selection of the 1995 NFL draft, he was the first-ever pick in the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. He played seven seasons (1995-2001) with the Jaguars, where he was a four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler. He twice was the NFL Lineman of the Year and was named to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He spent 2002 with the Houston Texans.
He was inducted into USC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Boselli now is a sports commentator and businessman, and runs the Boselli Foundation to assist at-risk youngsters in Jacksonville.