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Swilling Headed to College Football Hall of Fame

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    <span>              <span class="Normal">Former New Orleans Saints great <span style="">Pat Swilling</span> was announced late last week as an inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2009.  

"Out of 4.8 million kids who have played college football, to be one of the 900 elected to the college football hall of fame, I'm in shock. I can't believe it," Swilling told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's exciting for me and the Georgia Tech family."

Swilling, a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and the halls of fame for the state of Georgia and Georgia Tech, set Tech's single-season record for sacks (15) in 1985 and is fifth in career sacks (23).

Swilling played 12 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Saints, where he is ranked third in the team record books for most career sacks (76.5).

Swilling is one of 16 players and two coaches who are part of the 2009 class, led by former Heisman Trophy winners Tim Brown of Notre Dame and Gino Torretta of Miami. Other notables are Ohio State's Chris Spielman, Penn State's Curt Warner, Texas' Steve McMichael, Alabama's Woodrow Lowe and West Virginia's Major Harris. The coaches are USC's John Robinson and Syracuse's Dick MacPherson.

Inductions are Dec. 7-8 in New York, and another ceremony will be held in early January.

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