Cecil Enshrined Into College Football Hall of Fame



SOUTH BEND, Ind. -** Titans Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil, an All-American defensive back at the University of Arizona, was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Initially a walk-on for the University of Arizona football team, Cecil earned the consensus All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors after a nine-interception senior season. As he left the college game, Cecil owned the career interception record in the Pac-10 with 21. In 2009, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Wildcats' Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He also spent two seasons (1999-2000) as a television analyst for the University of Arizona football games.

In the NFL, Cecil was known for his thunderous tackling and aggressive style during his time as a safety for the Green Bay Packers (1988-92), Phoenix Cardinals (1993) and Houston Oilers (1995). Cecil earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and garnered All-Madden status in 1992 after four interceptions and 102 stops. In 95 career games he totaled 400 tackles and 16 interceptions. He was originally drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (89th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft.

Cecil originally joined the Titans coaching staff as defensive assistant coach in 2001 and was promoted in 2004, to work with the safeties and nickel backs. Cecil is in his 10th season as a Titans coach and his second as defensive coordinator.

Cecil was among 20 players being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year: Pervis Atkins, New Mexico State; Emerson Boozer, Maryland Eastern Shore; Tim Brown, Notre Dame; Troy Brown, Marshall; Ed Dyas, Auburn; Major Harris, West Virginia; Gordon Hudson, Brigham Young; Brian Kelley, Cal Lutheran; William Lewis, Harvard; Woodrow Lowe, Alabama; Ken Margerum, Stanford; Steve McMichael, Texas; Milt Morin, UMass; Chris Spielman, Ohio State; Larry Station, Iowa; Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech; Gino Torretta, Miami; Curt Warner, Penn State; Grant Wistrom, Nebraska.

Coaching inductees are Willie Jeffries, Howard, Wichita State, South Carolina State; Ted Kessinger, Bethany (Kansas); Dick MacPherson, UMass, Syracuse; and John Robinson, USC, UNLV.

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