Wistrom into CFB HOF

 Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for the organization's annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied careers of Grant Wistrom from the University of Nebraska along with 23 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.


“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell.  “Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game's greatest players and coaches find their place on college football's mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country.”


Anchoring the University of Nebraska's defense, Grant Wistrom helped the Cornhuskers prevail in three National Championships. In 1994, Wistrom racked up 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks and was named Big Eight Newcomer of the Year. As a two-time unanimous All-America selection, Wistrom helped the Cornhuskers achieve a 49-2 record. During his second season, Wistrom was named First Team All-Big East with a total of 44 tackles, 15 being for losses. That same year, the Huskers won their second straight national title. During his junior year, Wistrom helped the defense rank in the Top 10 for all four defensive categories. As a senior captain, Wistrom won the Lombardi Award, NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award and earned a finalist spot for the Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Award. He also led the Huskers to a 13-0 season and achieved his second-straight Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year title. Wistrom still holds the school record for tackles for loss with 58.5 for 260 yards.


Wistrom was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams in 1998. During his six-season career, Wistrom earned the St. Louis Ram's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and played in three Super Bowls. Wistrom was a part of the Rams victory over the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. Wistrom retired from the NFL in 2006 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. After his NFL career, Wistrom started the Grant Wistrom Foundation, which funds efforts to help pediatric cancer patients.


Fans have a variety of opportunities to meet and mingle with the enshrinees during this spectacular event. The jam-packed weekend will include a celebrity golf tournament, a fan festival, a grand parade, a youth football clinic, a fireworks spectacular with the celebration culminating with the Enshrinement Dinner & Show on Saturday evening.


“The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade,” said College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. “Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement.”


Tickets for all events are on sale now.  Space is limited for certain events. For events, pricing, times, tickets or for more information on Grant Wistrom and his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame visit www.enshrinementfestival.org or call 574-235-5714.