PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers defensive lineman, and long-time NFL offensive lineman Harry Swayne, along with one of the program’s most ardent supporters, Richard Hale, will be the newest inductees into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame. The pair will be honored during half-time of the Virginia Tech game on Saturday, October 4.
Swayne played for the Scarlet Knights from 1983-1986, and was a starting defensive tackle for three seasons. His best season came as a senior in 1986, when he registered 51 tackles, five sacks, nine tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. He earned his degree in sports management in 1990.
Swayne was taken in the ninth round of the 1987 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and proceeded to play 15 seasons in the NFL. He played with the Bucs (1987-90), San Diego Chargers (1991-96), Denver Broncos (1997-98), Baltimore Ravens (1999-2000) and the Miami Dolphins (2001). He captured three Super Bowl rings (two with Denver, one with Baltimore) during his career and also won an AFC Championship with the Chargers.
Hale, a 1944 graduate of Rutgers, is a long-time supporter of Rutgers Athletics. The building which houses the football locker rooms, athletic training room, coaches offices and strength and conditioning facilities bears his name. One of the university’s major benefactors, he is currently an advisor to University President Richard L. McCormick as a member of the Board of Overseers and is also a member of the President’s Council executive committee. He received the George H. Cook Award in 1997, Cook College’s highest alumni recognition for outstanding achievement and was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni that same year.
Away from Rutgers, Hale was a successful businessman for many years and is heavily involved in the local community. He is the founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Action, was active in the development of Middlesex County College and aided in the recent Edison-Metuchen YMCA expansion project, which raised nearly $3 million. Hale is also a veteran of two wars, serving in both World War II and the Korean War, receiving the Silver Star and two Bronze stars for bravery in combat.