Former Rams OT Orlando Pace was one of 12 players announced into the College Football Hall Of Fame on Tuesday. Orlando Pace had a spectacular career while at The Ohio State University. Pace also became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award; the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. He was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996, first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996, and In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy.
Pace worked his way to eventually become the first overall pick for the St. Louis Rams. Pace was the foundation of the Rams offensive line during their years of success. Pace played for the Rams for 12 years blocking for Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Marc Bulger. Pace then finished his career for the Chicago Bears. Ever since Pace left St. Louis, the Rams offensive has struggled. Since Pace left the Rams have finished in the top 10 in sacks allowed on two different occasions. Jake Long hopes to help the Rams change that.
There is no doubt Pace deserves to be inducted, he had a brilliant college career and continued his great play into the pros. The college football might just be the beginning for Orlando Pace. Pace will look to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well. Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.