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Class of 1992 Inductees
John Alexander - Football
Alexander achieved honorable mention All-America honors in 1975. A first-team All-East selection in 1976, he teamed with Hall of Famer Nate Toran to head a Scarlet defense which was first in the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense. Alexander played on teams that amassed a 33-10-1 record, including the 11-0 mark in 1976. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but he had a short-lived professional career due to injuries.
Bryant Mitchell - Football
Mitchell led Rutgers in rushing and scoring for three consecutive seasons and gained 2,286 career rushing yards, running 495 times, scoring 21 touchdowns and scoring 132 points, all marks still among the top 10 in Scarlet history. A first-team AP All-East selection in 1968, he was the Homer Hazel Trophy winner as a senior. In 1968, Mitchell gained over 100 yards in nine of 10 games, averaging an even five yards a carry and completing his career with a 4.6-yard average.
Jack Emmer - Football
Emmer once held the single-game, season and career records for receptions at Rutgers and his 237 receiving yards in the 1966 Holy Cross game remains a Rutgers record. Emmer, recently retired as the lacrosse coach at Army, was a second-team lacrosse All-American in 1967 and was an All-East selection in football, as well as the team captain and MVP in 1966.
Leon Root M.D. - Football
The recipient of the David Bender Trophy twice as the team's leading lineman, Root was named the senior athlete of the year in 1950 and was presented with the Donald Leslie Coursen Award. An honorable mention All-East selection in 1950, Root played in the 1950 North-South Shrine game. Considered one of the nation's top centers after beginning his career as a running back, Root was also a top-notch linebacker. He served as president of the Class of 1950 and captained the 1950 squad.
Dr. Joel Fertig - Athletic Administrator
A fixture on the Rutgers athletic scene for nearly a half-century, Fertig entered the Hall of Fame for his impact on the program. A Mississippi State graduate, he is credited with being the first dentist in the East to introduce mouthpieces to high school athletes. He endowed a football scholarship and was a past president of the Touchdown Club.
Ed Steward - Football
Steward was an AP honorable mention All-American and a first-team All-East pick in 1978 as a middle guard. A veteran of Desert Storm, he had two key interceptions in the victory over Tennessee in 1979 and also had 15 tackles in the Garden State Bowl game against Arizona State in 1978. In his three seasons, Rutgers posted a 25-9 record as he contributed 222 career tackles and 13 quarterback sacks.
Herman Hering - Football
Hering led the Scarlet Knight rushers in 1946 and 1947, a period known as the "Golden Era" of Rutgers football. He gained 510 and 528 yards in back-to-back seasons and was named an honorable mention All-East tailback in 1947. His 80 points in 1946 ranked third-best in the East ahead of both of Army's Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside tandem of Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard. A four-year letterwinner as a baseball outfielder, he won 11 games as a pitcher, including two victories in the 1950 College World Series.
Walter Winika - Football
He was considered one of the East's top ends during the 1930's and was a member of the all-time All-Rutgers football team which was selected in 1940. He scored the only touchdown allowed by the celebrated 1933 Princeton team and was credited with winning, virtually single-handedly, the Boston University game in 1935. Compared often to Paul Robeson, Winika was killed in a plane crash at Trinidad in 1942, the first varsity athlete from Rutgers to perish in World War II.
Dino Mangiero - Football
Mangiero co-captained the 1979 Scarlet squad and was a key force in the celebrated victory at Tennessee that season. A third-team Associated Press All-American and a first-team All-East pick, Mangiero contributed 288 career tackles and 26 quarterback sacks, figures that rank eighth and third, respectively, on the all-time lists. He went on to play with four NFL teams in Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco and New England.

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