Posted: Dec 6, 2011 9:00 PM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Dec 8, 2011 1:21 AM
"I am just so honored and humbled with this award." With those words former Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry was inducted into College Football's Hall of Fame tonight in New York.
DeBerry was the head coach at Air Force for 23 years. He is the all-time winningest coach in service academy football history. He retired following the 2006 football season. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years but this may be the greatest.
The 72-year-old-Deberry said, "I am even prouder about the recognition that this brings to the great U.S. Air Force Academy. I used to tell our players on the way back to the dorm after practice that if they passed a turtle on the fence tonight, he had to have some help to get up there and to think team. This award just shows the power of college football and how much it means to our country. This is just a big honor and means so much to me."
DeBerry is the fourth person with Air Force ties to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He joins Buck Shaw, Brock Strom, and Chad Hennings.
Also inducted tonight Heisman winner Eddie George from Ohio State, former Florida State star Deion Sanders and retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.