Hall of Honor 2022 Pac-12 Class Announcement
- 65 total seasons played in the NFL, NBA and WNBA
- 30 NCAA titles (individual and team combined)
- 13 NFL Pro Bowl selections
- Eight Olympic gold medals
- Four NBA All-Star selections
- Two Super Bowl champions
- Numerous annual recognitions as Top Athlete in a Sport, as well as Top Athlete Overall in Collegiate Athletics
- A Pac-12 Player of the Century
- Several dual-sport athletes
- Many philanthropists and social justice advocates
Celebrating the example of excellence at scale, the Pac-12 Hall of Honor 2022 class is a shining example of the rich history of the Conference of Champions. With over 200 more NCAA team titles than the next closest conference, the Pac-12 leads the way with 538 total NCAA titles in 29 different sports.
The 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12 with 11 action-packed games over four days in the event’s sixth year at one of the sport’s newest venues. and entertainment from Las Vegas, T-Mobile. Arena. This year’s event marks a return of fans to the stands, with passes and tickets, including all-tournament passes and single-session tickets, available at Pac-12.com/ tickets.
Tanya Hughes (Arizona)
One of the greatest examples of the Wildcat Way, Tanya Hughes earned seven All-American nominations and four All-Pac-10 selections during her college career, as well as back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-America and NCAA Woman accolades. of the Year 1994. award. Hughes has also taken his talents to the international stage, winning medals at the World University Games and Pan American Junior Championships before competing for Team USA at the 1992 Olympics. Now a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for sport and social justice, she continues to embody the spirit of excellence of the Champions Conference and Arizona.
Curley Culp (State of Arizona)
Soccer & Wrestling
A football player and prolific wrestler, Curley Culp was an All-American on the gridiron for the Sun Devils as well as the 1967 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, Arizona State’s first-ever national wrestling champion. Widely regarded as one of the best nose tackles to ever play the game, Culp thrived under legendary Sun Devil head coach Frank Kush. After his college career, he went on to play professional football for 14 years, highlighted by a championship in Super Bowl IV, before earning a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Layshia Clarendon (California)
A standout Golden Bears athlete, Clarendon helped Cal win the 2010 WNIT Championship as a rookie before leading the program to the NCAA Final Four as a senior, the program’s first Final Four in program history. . A four-time All-Conference winner, Clarendon was then selected ninth overall in the WNBA Draft and is set to enter his 10th overall season in the league. A member of the USA national team from 2017 to 2020, Clarendon also helped USA win gold at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018. In 2015, Clarendon won the Outsports “Female Hero of the Year” award for using her platform in support of LGBTQ+ athletes, and was named to the WNBA’s Social Justice Council in 2020.
jenny simpson (Colorado)
Women’s cross country and athletics
One of the most decorated athletes in Buffs history, Simpson won four NCAA championships during her college career while breaking six NCAA records and seven school records in 2009 alone, several of which stand still today, including the 5,000 meter record. Simpson is still the only woman to post less than four minutes in the 1,500m in NCAA history. While competing in varsity competitions, she also found success on the international stage, primarily in steeplechase, making two World Teams and competing in the Olympics in 2008. After graduating, she was named the first winner of the Bowerman Prize and was subsequently named the recipient. of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Prize. She has won numerous international medals, including the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 1500m. Simpson has won a total of nine U.S. Track Championships.
Gardner English (Oregon)
A five-time NCAA champion and six-time Pac-12 champion, Gardner received eight All-Americans during her time with the Ducks and is a decorated Olympic and world championship medalist. The conference newcomer of the year in 2010, Gardner went on to win Pac-12 female student-athlete of the year in track and field in 2012. After her stint with the Ducks, she won a gold medal as part of the US Team 4×. 100 relay teams at the 2016 Olympics, as well as a silver medal in this event at the Tokyo Games in 2020.
steven jackson (State of Oregon)
The best all-time rusher in Rams history, Steven Jackson was a prolific rusher for the Beavs before enjoying a 12-year career in the NFL. In 2002, as a sophomore, Jackson rushed for 1,690 yards, a school-high single-season, and went on the campaign with 1,500 yards as a junior. After an MVP performance at the Las Vegas Bowl, he was selected 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft and went on to receive three NFL Pro Bowl selections.
Men’s Water Polo
Five-time Olympian Tony Azevedo was named Pac-12 Water Polo Player of the Century in 2015 after a college career that saw him lead Stanford to the NCAA title game in each of his four seasons, winning two championships. He has received four Peter Cutino Awards, given annually to the best college player in the country. After his time at Cardinal, he helped Team USA win a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, before being named Team USA captain for the 2012 Olympics.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (UCLA)
Women’s basketball and athletics
A multi-talented competitor in women’s basketball and track and field, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest female athletes of all time. She led UCLA women’s athletics to national titles in 1982 and 1983, and still sits atop the UCLA record books in heptathlon and long jump. A two-time Honda Prize winner, Joyner-Kersee won the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1985, awarded to the top female college athlete. She also played on the basketball court, helping guide the Bruins to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances. After her university career, she won six medals in four Olympic appearances, including three gold, one silver and two bronze. In 2013, the USA Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year award was renamed in Joyner-Kersee’s honor to recognize her incredible accomplishments. Away from the track, she helped raise $12 million to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois in 2000, and in 2017 founded “Athletes for Hope”, that helps professional athletes get involved. in their communities.
The most decorated swimmer in USC history, John Naber won 10 individual NCAA titles in his college career, the second in college history, while leading the Trojans to four consecutive team titles of the NCAA. As strong in class as he was in the pool, Naber was the recipient of NCAA Today’s Top Five in 1978 and the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2002. Internationally, Naber was the team’s most decorated athlete. American at the 1976 Olympics with four gold medals. medals and a silver, setting four world records in the process. The following year he won the Sullivan Award as America’s Top Amateur Athlete and went on to serve as the standard bearer in the 1984 Olympics.
Tom Chambers (Utah)
A towering presence for the Runnin’ Utes, Tom Chambers led Utah to two NCAA tournaments, including the Sweet 16 in 1981. His collegiate accomplishments continue to rank among Utah’s all-time top 10. A native of Utah, Chambers brought a flair to the Runnin’ Utes program and the game itself, complete with dunk after dunk. Following his college career, he was selected eighth overall in the 1981 NBA draft and had an incredible 16 seasons in the league, highlighted by four NBA All-Star selections and an NBA All-Star Game MVP award in 1987. In February 2022, Chambers had his number 42 jersey honored by Utah, the ninth Runnin’ Ute to have his jersey hung in the rafters at the Huntsman Center.
Tina Frimpong Ellertson (Washington)
Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Tina Frimpong Ellertson is still the all-time leading scorer in Washington women’s soccer. During her senior season, she helped lead the Huskies to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance. After her storied college career, Frimpong Ellertson went on to play professionally for several years, including five years on the United States Women’s National Team and competing for Team USA in the 2007 World Cup. a player, she focused on coaching, first with US Soccer as coach of the US national youth team before later joining the Huskies program as a member of the coaching staff where she currently serves and helped the team reach its sixth Sweet 16 appearance in its first season.
Drew Bledsoe (Washington State)
Washington State athletic icon Drew Bledsoe rewrote the record books during his three seasons for the Cougars, leaving school as the program’s single-game, single-game record holder. season in terms of pass attempts, completions, passing yards and total offense. He was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 before capping his college career as the game’s MVP in a Copper Bowl victory over Utah. Bledsoe went on to be the top overall selection in the NFL Draft, playing 14 total seasons in the NFL and winning Super Bowl XXXVI. After his playing career, he also found success in business after founding a major winery in Washington State.