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Class of 2014 Inductees
|Shaun O'Hara - Football
Shaun O'Hara, a Super Bowl champion, was born in Chicago and grew up in Hillsborough, N.J. He attended Rutgers from 1995-1999, where he walked on to the football team and became a three-year letterwinner. O'Hara was a two-time recipient of the David Bender Trophy, which recognizes Rutgers' top lineman. In 2000, O'Hara began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns, and he went on to start 38 of 54 games for the Browns over a four-year period. After leaving Cleveland, he signed with the New York Giants and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times at center (2008-2010), and earned Sporting News First Team All-Pro honors in 2008. O'Hara's 2007 season was capped off with a Super Bowl XLII win against the then-undefeated New England Patriots. He retired from the NFL after playing in 151 games with 135 starts in the league. Currently, O'Hara works as a football analyst for the NFL Network, Big Ten Network and ESPN Radio.
|1961 Rutgers Football Team
Rutgers enjoyed its first undefeated season in program history in 1961, when the team went 9-0, capping the season with a 25-point comeback victory over Columbia. That team included All-American center Alex Kroll, and was ranked No. 15 nationally. An Associated Press First Team All-American in 1961, Kroll, who was also a top-notch linebacker, was regarded as the finest center in the nation. Head coach John Bateman was in his second season of 13 seasons at the helm of the Rutgers program in 1961 when he guided the Knights to the unblemished mark.
Quarterbacks Sam Mudie and Bill Speranza directed the offense, with Mudie totaling 703 yards of offense and Speranza going for 318 yards through the air. Mudie took home the Homer Hazel Award as the team's most valuable player that season. Fullback Steve Simms led the rushing attack with 614 yards on the ground. He earned Honorable Mention Associated Press All-America honors that season. One of Simms' most notable accomplishments was his go-ahead touchdown against Columbia in the season finale to preserve the undefeated season. Pierce Frauenheim also secured the win against the Lions with a pair of interceptions.
The 1961 squad relied heavily on its rushing attack with 1,968 of its 2,612 yards of total offense that season on the ground. Rutgers and Alabama were the only undefeated teams in the nation that year.
|Courtney Turner - Gymnastics
Courtney Turner was a gymnast for Rutgers and a four-time letterwinner from 1999-2002. Turner recorded the only perfect 10.0 score (March 8, 2002) on record for floor exercise and became the first Scarlet Knight to qualify for NCAA Nationals as an individual. She earned the spot after tying for first at the Northeast Regionals on floor exercise. A three-time All-EAGL performer on floor exercise and once All-EAGL on vault, she won the Headley-Singer Award in 2002 which is awarded to the top graduating Rutgers female student-athlete. Turner also excelled in the classroom, being named EAGL All-Academic four times, National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Academic All-American four times and team Scholar-Athlete twice. She earned the President's Award in 2001-02 for registering a 4.0 GPA, and was selected to attend the 2000 NCAA Leadership Conference.
|Charles B. Garrett Sr. - Baseball
The late Charles Bert Garrett Sr. was a pitcher on the Rutgers baseball team from 1928-1930. Garrett ranks sixth on the all-time Rutgers list for strikeouts with 166. He also ranks third amongst Scarlet Knight pitchers for career complete games with 17, and is tied for fourth all-time for single season complete games with seven pitched in 1928, when Garrett ran the table to a 9-0 undefeated season, including a victory over Holy Cross, the top team in the nation. Garrett is tied for fourth in both single-season wins (nine) and single-season strikeouts (73) during his 1928 campaign. He held seven single season or career records for over 55 years, and is still in the top 10 in those categories 84 years later. Although Baseball did not name All-Americans when Garrett played, he was part of the "best battery in the U.S.", which would have earned All-America recognition today. Garrett played football for two seasons before dedicating himself to baseball, and he joins his brother Alfred T. Garrett as only the 2nd pair of known siblings in the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame.