THREE STARS OF ORANGE BOWL TABBED FOR 2021 ORANGE BOWL HALL OF FAME PRESENTED BY AUTONATION
MIAMI LAKES, FL. (orangebowl.org) – Former Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan, past Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and recently retired Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford have been announced as the 2021 inductees to the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by AutoNation.
The three legends will be honored at the annual AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by AutoNation on December 30 at Jungle Island in Miami and will be featured in an on-field ceremony at the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31 at Hard Rock Stadium.
The 2021 Hall of Fame class will join 127 others who have made a significant impact on Orange Bowl since its inception in 1935.
Homer Jordan led Clemson to its first national championship and third perfect season in its 88-year history on his way to earning MVP honors in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Jordan finished 11 for 22 passing for 134 yards and one touchdown in addition to 46 rushing yards in the Tigers’ 22-15 victory over Tom Osborne’s Nebraska Cornhuskers. The ACC leader in passing efficiency became Clemson’s first African American quarterback to make an All-Conference team and was later inducted into the Clemson Athletics Hall of Fame and the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his career, he went back to Cedar Shoals High School, his alma mater, to become an assistant football coach.
Lloyd Carr became the first Michigan coach to win four straight bowl games after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-34 in thrilling overtime fashion in the 2000 Orange Bowl. Carr finished his coaching career at Michigan with a 122-40 overall record in 13 seasons, ranking in the AP Top 25 for all but 14 of his 162 games. The 2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductee won five Big Ten Championships and one National Championship during his time in Ann Arbor. After stepping down, Carr became a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, the NCAA Rules Committee and the American Football Coaches Association. He also endowed a women's sports scholarship annually to Michigan female student-athletes.
John Swofford guided the Atlantic Coast Conference as commissioner for 24 years and was instrumental in the conference’s 12-year agreement with the Orange Bowl, designed to automatically send the ACC Champion or an ACC representative to the Capital One Orange Bowl every year. During his leadership from 1997-2021, current ACC schools made 20 appearances in a game hosted by Orange Bowl, the most of any conference. Swofford remains the longest-tenured commissioner in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and during his time, steered the league to unprecedented success and growth, expanding from nine to 15 members.
About Orange Bowl
Orange Bowl is a 380-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars through its Orange Bowl Cares program: Youth Sports, Education, Community Engagement and Legacy Programs. Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Orange Bowl events, including promotional inquiries and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org or follow @OrangeBowl on social media.
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