Huard is the first Black Bear to receive college football's ultimate honor

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ATLANTA, Georgia (NEWS CENTER) -- The college football hall of fame will open up a brand new $67 million facility in Atlanta this summer, and a man from Maine will be among those forever immortalized within its walls. The National Football Foundation and its Board of Directors announced today that Waterville native and former UMaine linebacker John Huard has been selected to the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class. Huard is the first Black Bear to receive college football's ultimate honor.

Huard was a two-time first team All-American and guided Maine to the Tangerine Bowl in 1965. He was also the first football player inducted into the Maine Athletic Hall of Fame and the first member of Alfond Stadium's Ring of Honor. Huard was selected by the AFL's Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1967 NFL Draft and went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and the New Orleans Saints.

Huard joins 13 other players and two coaches in this year's class who will be honored in New York City on December 9th.

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