PISCATAWAY, NJ -The two newest members of the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame, wide receiver Chris Brantley (1990-93) and kicker Alex Falcinelli (1980-82) will be inducted during ceremonies at halftime when the Scarlet Knights host Connecticut on Oct. 29 at Rutgers Stadium.
Brantley, originally from Teaneck, NJ, enjoyed a standout career for the Scarlet Knights, catching 144 passes, including 17 for touchdowns, from 1990-93. Brantley gained 1914 yards through the air (13.3 yards per catch). Brantley was an All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, when he caught 56 passes for 589 yards and seven touchdowns. Following his senior season, he was selected in the 1994 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams, and later played for the Buffalo Bills.
Brantley will long be remembered for his outstanding performance in the Scarlet Knights' memorable 50-49 come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech in the 1992 Homecoming Game on October 31. The talented, sure-handed receiver hauled in eight passes for 124 yards and four touchdown passes that afternoon, but none more important than the 15-yard toss from QB Bryan Fortay deep in the right end zone as time ran out, giving Rutgers the victory.
Falcinelli was one of the greatest kickers to ever play for the Scarlet Knights, leading the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons (1980-82). Known for possessing a strong and accurate leg, Falcinelli boomed three 51-yard field goals, and a 50-yarder, as a senior in 1982. Falcinelli earned All-East honors as a senior, hitting 12-of-15 field goals and adding 16 extra points.
Originally from Belvidere, NJ, Falcinelli finished his career with 168 points in three seasons as the Scarlet Knights' number one kicker. His 38 field goals made during that time is still the third best mark in Rutgers history. Falcinelli converted 38-of-49 field goals, a percentage of .776, currently the best in Rutgers history.