Darrin Nelson Inducted Into College Hall of Fame
Jeff Durand client Darrin Nelson, pictured on the cover of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class Magazine, will be inducted into the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame
"Darrin was probably the most popular player at Stanford in the time I’ve been around the school," said Paul Wiggin, one of Nelson’s head coaches at Stanford and a Hall of Fame player from his days with the Cardinal. "He was not only a great player, but had that magnetic personality and was such an impressive guy to be around.
"As a player, he was exceptional. Passing the ball was much different at that time than it is now and he was able to be such a well-rounded back, running the ball and catching it. He was truly Mr. Stanford at that time. He was loved by the students, faculty, alumni and most of all very well respected by his teammates."
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers.
Nelson was the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season. He wound up accomplishing that feat three times during his standout career at Stanford from 1977-78 and 1980-81.
"A dual threat as a rusher and receiver, Darrin Nelson was one of the most impressive running backs of his era," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "A model student-athlete, he excelled just as well in the classroom as he did on the field. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Stanford faithful at Stanford Stadium."
A 1981 First-Team All-American, Nelson ended his career as Stanford’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,033), receptions (214), scoring (242) and touchdowns (40), and he finished his career as the NCAA leader for all-purpose yards, which remains a school record at 6,885. The only four-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection in Stanford history, he became the first freshman running back in conference history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
A finalist for the 1981 Heisman Trophy, Nelson held nine of the top 12 single-game rushing performances in school history at the end of his career, and he led Stanford to wins in the 1977 Sun Bowl and 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl. Honored for his all-around achievements as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1981, Nelson was also a First-Team Academic All-America and academic all-conference selection.
Selected in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Nelson played 11 seasons with the Vikings and San Diego Chargers. The Los Angeles native finished his professional career with 4,442 rushing yards, 2,559 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, and he led the league with 4.9 yards per carry in 1987.
A member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame, Nelson was coached by Bill Walsh and Wiggin (a College Football Hall of Fame player from Stanford), and he played alongside Hall of Famers John Elway and Ken Margerum.
As a Standford professional, Darrin Nelson served 15 years as a Senior Associate Athletics Director, as well as a community relations liaison between Stanford Athletics and various governmental agencies in the Palo Alto area.
November 27, 2014
Former Miami Hurricane All-American and NFL All-Pro Bennie Blades at Thanksgiving Lions vs. Bears game
Jeff Durand client Bennie Blades doing a pre-game interview on Thanksgiving for the Lions vs.Bears game at Ford Field.
Coincidentally, on a previous Thanksgiving Lions vs.Bears game, Bennie Blades was the games MVP and was Named to the All Madden Team.
November 23, 2014
Former MTV Star Downtown Julie Brown Featured on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now
Jeff Durand friend and former client Downtown Julie Brown, best known as MTV's globally popular VJ, is interviewed on November 23rds episode of Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now.
November 21, 2014
Jeff Durand client, retired NFL All-pro Henry Thomas is interviewed by DetroitLionsPro.com
Henry Thomas, a nose tackle, played in the NFL for 14 years for the Vikings, Patriots and the Lions. In his time in the NFL he recorded 93.5 sacks, over 800 tackles, and was twice elected to the Pro Bowl. Here is our interview with Henry Thomas, also known as “Hardware Hank”:
Two Teams You Played For (Detroit Lions and New England Patriots) Face Off This Weekend, Who Do You Expect To Win?
“Detroit, I think that Detroit is going to find a way to pressure Tom Brady. That’s the key, pressure Tom Brady and shut down the run. I mean the Lions have a very talented defensive line that can play both pass and run, and I think we’re gonna come up with the solution to stop the run and also Tom Brady to give Detroit a chance to win the game. Detroit and Arizona are my two dark horses to be in the playoffs.”
Did You Ever Meet William Clay Ford? What Can You Tell Me About Him?
“Yes I have, he was the nicest man. He was very loyal to his players. I mean he genuinely cared for his players. When I went to Detroit, I felt like the owner cared for his players. He cared about our well-being, about our comfort so we could perform at a high level. Because before when I was in Minnesota, there were ten to twelve owners, and I wouldn’t have know who they were even if I had hit them with my car. He made decisions based on caring for his players.”
What Your Greatest NFL Memory?
“My whole career was my greatest memory. The whole experience all together was a great experience for me. It would be very, very hard to break that down into one specific memory. There are so many subcategories.”
Do You Have Any Specific Games That Have Stood Out To You When You Look Back At Your Career?
“The game against Tampa when I was with Detroit my first year, was the first time I had more than ten sacks in a season.”
You Played In New England During Bill Belichick’s First Season With The Patriots, What Can You Tell Me About Him?
“He is a phenomenal coach, you know when he came to New England, I was in my twelfth season. Everyone talked about how he was a defensive-minded guru, and me being in my twelfth season being an undersized nose tackle all twelve years, that’s how I play the game. I knew a lot about the offense and defense, but I had so much more to learn under him.”
The Lions’ Offense Has Been Struggling, Do You Think They’ll Improve?
“Yes I think they will, Calvin is even more healthier than he was before and the Lions are going to find a way to run the ball. If you look at the successful teams this year, running the ball is crucial.”
You Were An Intern Coach At Indianapolis and Minnesota, Would You Ever Go Into Coaching In The Future?
“Yes of course, I want to do it so bad, I think I have so much to offer technique wise for any defensive line and player. I think I have some skill sets to be able to train guys in pass rushing as well as playing the run. I was an every down player, we never switched out. I played the run and the pass.