Russell Maryland and Tom Cousineau to be Inducted into Orange Bowl Hall of Fame

 

During the annual AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon this Friday, Dec. 29, legendary football players Russell Maryland and Tom Cousineau will be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.

Maryland_4Maryland, who was born and raised in Chicago, made appearances with the University of Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl in the 1988 National Championship and again in the 1989 game. Miami was the only Division I team to offer Maryland a scholarship following his graduation from Whitney Young High School.

Maryland starred at defensive tackle for the Hurricanes finishing his college career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for losses and 20.5 quarterback sacks, while helping his team win two national championships, four bowl games, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record.  He received the Outland Trophy as the national’s outstanding lineman while earning All-American honors in his senior year.

After his time at Miami, Maryland was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft. Maryland played for 10 years in the NFL with the Cowboys, the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers. Maryland was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and to the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Cousineau_1Cousineau, a native of Fairview Park, Ohio, graduated from St. Edwards High School where he was one of the most highly recruited football players in the country during his senior year and eventually chose to attend Ohio State University.

The Buckeye linebacker was coached by Woody Hayes during his time in Columbus and was named an All-American in his final two years. During Cousineau’s time at Ohio State, the Buckeyes had an overall record of 36-10-2 and 28-4 in the Big Ten, winning three conference championships and earning four bowl bids.

He is still well-known for his standout performance in the 1977 Orange Bowl as Ohio State defeated Colorado, 27-10. He was named Most Outstanding Player in that game for his game-high 13 tackles and
an interception as OSU held Colorado to 12 first downs and 271 total yards. Cousineau holds the single game (29 vs. 5th ranked Penn State in 1978) and single season tackle records for Ohio State, and is their second leading career tackle leader.

Cousineau was drafted  as the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick in 1979 and played professionally for the  NFL's Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers as well as the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016 and also is a member of the Ohio State Varsity "O" Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Lunch, featuring the hall of Fame Induction, Head Coaches Paul Chryst of Wisconsin, Mark Richt of Miami and student-athletes from both schools are still available. The luncheon is Friday, Dec. 29 at the Downtown Hilton in Miami beginning at 11 a.m. For ticket information, log on to orangebowl.org.

 

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