The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.
Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher football standout Ben Hamilton. For a list of all inductees, click here.
One of the most decorated linesmen of the modern era, Ben Hamilton played center for the Golden Gophers and was a four-year letter winner from 1997-2000. An All-American and All-Big Ten performer in both 1999 and 2000, Hamilton was named the 2000 winner of the Bronko-Nagurski award as the Gophers most valuable player.
He also earned the team's Butch Nash and Paul Giel awards in his time at Minnesota. Following his Gopher career, Hamilton was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 National Football League Draft. He played ten seasons in the NFL, nine with the Denver Broncos and one with the Seattle Seahawks.
The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.