July 9, 2012
FORT WORTH--Dywana Crudup-Brazzell, Marshall K. Harris, H.E. Kirchner, Max Knake, Scott Malone, Jordan Reynolds and LaDainian Tomlinson will comprise the 45th class set for induction into the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame. The group will be honored in a formal ceremony and banquet at TCU's Brown-Lupton University Union on Oct. 4, 2012.
"We are extremely excited to announce another great Hall of Fame Class," said Alan Teichelman, TCU Lettermen's Association President. "These highly-decorated athletes are true ambassadors for TCU on and off the field of play."
Dywana Crudup-Brazzell (Women's Track and Field - 1997-2000) -- Dywana Crudup-Brazzell recorded an All-America career with the TCU track & field program while solidifying her reputation as one of the top female quarter-milers in school history during her four seasons on campus.
Crudup showed off a tremendous versatility in the sprints by competing in distances ranging from 60 to 400 meters. She was named an All-American in 1998 when she ran the second leg on TCU's 4x100-meter relay that won both the Western Athletic Conference championship and finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Crudup capped off her career in 2000 by capturing the WAC indoor 60-meter and outdoor 400-meter championships. She left TCU holding individual school records in the indoor 60- and 400-meter events, as well as the 400 meters outdoors. She also was a member of the record-setting 4x100-meter relay squad that still owns the third-best time in program history.
Marshall K. Harris (Football - 1974, 1976-78) -- Marshall K. Harris was a four-year letterwinner for the TCU football team who went on to an extended professional career in the NFL following his days as a Horned Frog.
A second-team All-Southwest Conference selection at defensive tackle as a senior in 1978, Harris received the Rogers Trophy the same season for being recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player. He also was accomplished off the field, being named Academic All-SWC four straight years from 1975 through 1978, in addition to designing the iconic "Flying T" workmark to that served as TCU's official logo for several years.
Following his TCU career, Harris played four years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (1980-82) and New England Patriots (1983) before spending two seasons in the USFL with the New Jersey Generals. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 1980 while playing for Cleveland.
H.E. Kirchner (Men's Basketball - 1957-59) - H.E. Kirchner was a dominating post presence for the TCU men's basketball team who capped his Horned Frog career with an All-America season in 1959. At 6-foot-10, Kirchner held the distinction of being the tallest player to don the Purple and White up until the mid-1970's.
A two-year starter at center for TCU, Kirchner took his game to a new level in 1959 while leading the Frogs to a Southwest Conference championship and the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance. He recorded 18 double-doubles in 26 games that season and was named the SWC Most Valuable Player after pacing the conference in both scoring (19.6 points per game) and rebounding (13.4 rebounds per game). He led the team in field-goal percentage each of his three seasons in a TCU varsity uniform.
Kirchner finished his career with 783 rebounds, which is still good for seventh on TCU's all-time rebounding list. Following his graduation from TCU, the Cincinnati Royals selected him with the 33rd overall pick of the 1959 NBA Draft. Kirchner passed away in 1993.
Max Knake (Football - 1992-95) - Max Knake rewrote the TCU football record books during his three-year run as the Horned Frogs' starting quarterback in the mid-1990's. Along the way, he also helped lead TCU to its first Southwest Conference Championship in 35 years in 1994 in addition to the program's first bowl game in a decade.
During his career, Knake set TCU career records for pass attempts (1,115), completions (622), yards (7,370) and touchdowns (49), marks that were just recently eclipsed by former four-year starter Andy Dalton. Knake still holds the team record for most consecutive pass attempts in a game without an interception of 57 set during a 1995 win against Kansas.
Knake's finest season came in 1994, when he was an All-Southwest Conference selection while leading the Frogs to a share of the conference title and an Independence Bowl appearance with a 7-4 overall record. He threw for 2,624 yards and 24 touchdowns, both of which at the time were TCU individual season records.
Scott Malone (Baseball - 1990-92) - Scott Malone was a three-time All-Southwest Conference First-Team selection for TCU at three different positions who still ranks among the program's all-time leaders in several offensive categories.
A first-team All-American as a junior first baseman in 1992, Malone won the SWC batting championship both of his final two seasons in a Frog uniform. His .378 career average still ranks fourth on the program's all-time list, while he led the squad in batting each of his three years.
Malone was a ninth-round selection of the Texas Ranges in the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. He currently serves as the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Jordan Reynolds (Football/Men's Track & Field - 1988-92) - Jordan Reynolds was a multi-sport athlete at TCU who ranks as one of the best throwers in the history of the Horned Frogs track and field program.
A two-time All-American in the shot put, Reynolds owns both the indoor and outdoor school records for the event in addition to the all-time mark for the discus. He finished runner-up in the shot at the 1992 NCAA Outdoor Championships for the top national finish ever by a TCU thrower. In addition to his NCAA performance, Reynolds also won Southwest Conference outdoor shot put titles in 1990 and 1992 and event crowns at the Texas Relays three times (1990-92) and the Penn Relays twice (1991 and 1992).
In addition to his career with the TCU track and field program, Reynolds also earned a pair of letters as a member of the football team as a linebacker in 1988 and 1989. He currently coaches local youth in both track and field and football.
LaDainian Tomlinson (Football - 1997-2000) - Arguably one of the top running backs in the history of college and professional football, LaDainian Tomlinson will be officially inducted into the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame after originally being selected in his first year of eligibility in 2010. He chose to delay his induction until after his retirement from the National Football League, which occurred this summer.
Tomlinson helped kick off TCU's resurgence in football during the turn of the millennium when he recorded an All-America career highlighted by a pair of national rushing titles during his final two seasons in 1999 and 2000. His 2,158 yards as a senior marked the fourth-highest single-season total in NCAA history at the time, while his 5,263 career rushing yards ranked sixth. In 2000, Tomlinson was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fourth, and won the Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back.
LT carried over his success in college to the NFL, where he became one of the best backs in league history during a 12-year career with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets. He turned in his top individual season in 2006, when he became only the second player to earn both NFL Most Valuable Player and Man of the Year awards in the same campaign. The record-breaking year saw Tomlinson set a single-season league record by scoring 31 touchdowns, while he recorded the first of two consecutive individual rushing crowns with a career-best 1,815 yards.
Tomlinson retired during the 2012 offseason as the NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher (13,684 yards). His 162 total touchdowns rank No. 3 all-time, while his 145 rushing scores are No. 2. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot in 2017.