This Day in College Football History – December 7th

Vic Markov (December 28, 1915 – December 7, 1998) was an American football player. He played college football for the Washington Huskies. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. Vic Markov is of Croat origin. Markov was a unanimous choice as a lineman on the university’s centennial team. He earned nine varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field. After college, he played professional football with the Cleveland Rams in the National Football League before joining the Army. During World War II, he landed at Normandy as a company commander with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army. He earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and five battle stars while fighting in the Battles of the Bulge and the Ardennes.

 

Charlie “”Flavy”” Flowers (June 28, 1937 – December 7th 2014) , he was a standout high-school football player who chose to play college football at Ole Miss. He was a part of three of Johnny Vaught’s greatest teams. Flowers arrived in Oxford in 1956 but, because of NCAA rules at the time, he couldn’t play as a freshman. Flowers became eligible to play in 1957. It was in 1959 that Flowers helped the Rebels have a historic season. Ole Miss finished that season with 10-1 record and shut out eight different teams. Flowers finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. The only loss the Rebels had was a 7-3 to Louisiana State University on a rainy and foggy Halloween night, when Billy Cannon made a legendary punt return. Ole Miss faced the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl and won 21-0 to avenge their only loss. Cannon went on to win the 1959 Heisman, and while Cannon won the award, it was Flowers who had a better statistical season. Cannon had 598 yards on 139 attempts with five touchdowns. Flowers had 733 yards and led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 141 rushes with 11 touchdowns. Flowers received All-American and Academic All-American titles in 1959 and All-SEC and Academic All-SEC from 1958 to ’59.

 

Before the Rebels played in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1960, Flowers signed a contract with the New York Giants of the National Football League. In order to keep his eligibility for the Sugar Bowl, Giants owner Wellington Mara agreed with Flowers’ condition to keep the deal a secret until Jan. 2 after the bowl game, but before the Sugar Bowl, the Los Angeles-San Diego Chargers of the American Football League offered Flowers more money. He sent his signing bonus back to the Giants and then signed with the Chargers. Flowers played for the Chargers from 1960 to 1961 and then the New York Titans of the AFL in 1962. The SEC named Flowers and the 1959 Rebels the Team of Decade and the Sugar Bowl All-Time Team (1955 to ’59 era). Flowers himself made it into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Arkansas Hall of Fame in 2010. The SEC also named him one of the Legends of 1999, Ole Miss fans voted him into the Ole Miss team of the Century in 1993 and Athlon Sports named him to the All-Time Rebel Team (1893-1995). He was also inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 199

 

 

Alan Faneca, Jr. (born December 7, 1976) is a former college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Steelers, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. A nine-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Faneca won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Faneca attended Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, lettering in football and track. He was an All-Greater Houston, Orlando Sentinel All-South, and Touchdown Club of Houston player of the year. Faneca began having seizures, which were later diagnosed as epilepsy, at age 15. He started on medication to control it and was able to continue playing football.

Faneca attended Louisiana State University, and played for the LSU Tigers football team from 1994 to 1997. As a freshman in 1994, he was redshirted. He was voted the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1995. In 1996, he was selected as a second-team All-American. As a junior in 1997, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and was also one of three finalists for 1997 Outland Trophy. Faneca started his last 36 games at LSU and allowed only one sack in his final season. He had 210 pancake blocks in his college career. He returned to school in 1999 and earned a bachelor’s degree in management entrepreneurship.

Faneca was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (26th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. He saw limited playing time at first but injuries to fellow Steelers Will Wolford and Jim Sweeney allowed him to get his first start against the Cincinnati Bengals. He earned the Joe Greene Award as the team’s top rookie. In 2007, Faneca was voted to the Steelers 75th Anniversary All Time Team by Steeler fans.  On March 1, 2008, the New York Jets signed Faneca to a five-year, $40 million contract, with $21 million in guarantees. The contract made Faneca the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history (a distinction quickly overtaken by rookie Jake Long). Faneca was expected to provide veteran leadership to a Jets offensive line that included three former first round picks from 1999 and 2006, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Damien Woody.  Faneca retired on May 10, 2011, ending his distinguished career with nine Pro Bowl appearances, nine All-Pro selections, and one Super Bowl ring.

 

 

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