Gopher Great Bob Stein Named to College Hall of Fame Ballot
March 6, 2013
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Former University of Minnesota football great Bob Stein has been named to the College Hall of Fame ballot, announced by the National Football Foundation. Stein is one of 77 former college greats on the ballot this year as the 2013 class will be announced on May 7.
"I'm very surprised, pleased and flattered to be nominated," Stein said. "There are so many great players on this ballot and I'm honored to be a part of it. I'm pleased because it's a tribute to the teams and coaches that I played on. No one in football accomplishes much without having terrific teammates and coaches. It's really a compliment to them. "
Stein played for the Golden Gophers from 1966-68 as a defensive end. Named a first-team All-American in 1967, Stein was also a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. A member of the 1967 co-Big Ten title team, Stein and the Gophers went 8-2 that year and 6-1 in Big Ten competition. Not only a stellar athlete, Stein was also a 1969 National Scholar Athlete, a two-time Academic All-American and a Rhodes Scholarship semifinalist.
Following his collegiate career, Stein went on to play professional football eight years after he was drafted in 1969 by Kansas City. Playing in the Super Bowl at 21, he was a member of the 1970 Kansas City Chiefs championship team. After his playing days, Stein went on to become the founding president and CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and is currently an attorney in the Twin Cities area. He is a member of the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Honor Roll of World Champions.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams and played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior. Ballot honorees must have played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.