DALLAS, Oct. 12, 2010 – Navy and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Montgomery resident Chet Moeller this Saturday, Oct. 16 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, the nation's No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans. The salute will take place during halftime of the game between Navy and SMU in Annapolis with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS College Sports.
"Chet Moeller is one of the greatest defensive players in school history, and we are excited to welcome him and his wife Jenny back to Annapolis to celebrate this momentous occasion," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "We are going to roll out the red carpet for the Moeller family, and we hope all of his teammates can turn out for this very special weekend to celebrate this wonderful tribute to a man who has always represented the values that typify his alma mater."
In May, the NFF announced that Moeller, who played defensive back at Navy from 1973-75 and earned unanimous All-America honors in 1975, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2010 class. Throughout the season, each Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) College Football Hall of Fame inductee returns to his school for the special on-field event, where a commemorative plaque is presented to the university for permanent display. Beginning with the NFF's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1951, the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by the Fidelity Investments in 2010, has served as the first of numerous highlights in the Hall of Fame experience, giving each inductee one more chance to take the field.
"A player with great instincts, Chet Moeller would relentlessly study opponents and pick them apart, and there was nobody tougher on the playing field. He simply revolutionized the position of safety en route to becoming one of the most decorated football players in Navy history," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "He clearly built a record that deserves to be forever preserved in the College Football Hall of Fame."
The 1975 East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year and a two-time ECAC All-Conference selection, Moeller was only the sixth Midshipmen to be selected as a unanimous All-American. He served as co-captain and registered 275 tackles during his career at Navy. As a junior, he made a school record 25 tackles for loss. Named an AP Player of the Week, he received the Ernie Davis Award at the Coaches All-America Game. He was given the Navy Academy Athletic Association Sword and named a Battalion Commander. Moeller was a second team NCAA Academic All-American and was a finalist for the NCAA Today's Top Five. While at the Naval Academy, he earned Navy Academy Merit List and Superintendent's List honors.
"I was blown away when I got the package [about my induction]…You tell yourself, the big deal is just getting on the initial ballot…I was just happy to make that list and be on the ballot," said Moeller at the time of the May 27 announcement. "It's so humbling and so exciting at the same time… To me, it's still a team thing. We were a tight group of guys, and we played as a team. I may be the one being recognized, but I hope all of these guys can revel in this."
Following his career at Navy, Moeller served as an officer in the United States Marine Corp. He has served as a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a deacon in his church and is currently serving as a church elder. A inductee into Navy's Hall of Fame, he was selected to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Secondary Team and is a charter member of the Fairmont Hall of Fame. Moeller now works as a computer consultant. He and his wife Jenny reside in Montgomery, Ala., with their two children.
Moeller will be the 23rd Navy player or coach inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Academy's first defensive back to receive the honor. The last 11 Midshipmen inducted include Coach George Welsh (2004), Napoleon McCallum (2002), Dick Duden (2001) Bob Reifsnyder (1997), Steve Eisenhauer (1994), Ron Beagle (1986), George Brown (1985), Skip Minisi (1985), Dick Scott (1987), Roger Staubach (1981), and Joe Bellino (1977). For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
The 2010 Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 7. For tickets to the December 7 induction in New York, please contact Will Rudd at email@example.com or by calling 972-556-1000.
The National Hall of Fame Salute at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl follows on January 1, giving the class recognition on a national stage, and events culminate with the College Football Hall of Fame's Enshrinement Festival in the summer of 2011 in South Bend, Ind.
This year's hall of fame class includes Dennis Byrd (North Carolina State); Ronnie Caveness (Arkansas); Ray Childress (Texas A&M); Randy Cross (UCLA); Sam Cunningham (Southern California); Mark Herrmann (Purdue); Clarkston Hines (Duke); Desmond Howard (Michigan); Chet Moeller (Navy); Jerry Stovall (LSU); Pat Tillman (Arizona State); Alfred Williams (Colorado); and coaches Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) and Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama).
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