The Football Fever: Super Bowl champ, Hall of Famer Pace gives back to OSU


COLUMBUS -- Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buckeye great Orlando Pace got the Penn State weekend off to a good start Friday night.

Pace was part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program, sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company, and presented a special plaque to Ohio State making it the 116th school to become an “Official School of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” by accepting this historical commemorative artifact.

Hometown Hall of Famer™ is a national program that honors the roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

Pace attended Ohio State from 1994-1996. Pace had a 13-year NFL career as a tackle for the St. Louis Rams (1997-2008) and Chicago Bears (2009). He was number one overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, where he was a two-time first-team consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy in 1996 as college football’s best interior lineman. Pace is also a two-time winner of the Lombardi Award (1995-96) as college football’s best lineman and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Pace was a team leader of the 2000 Rams squad that won Super Bowl XXXIV. A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Pace was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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