Robert Morris Athletic Hall of Fame The Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to honor those who have made an outstanding contribution to Robert Morris athletics. Nominations are solicited and individuals selected by the Hall of Fame Committee. Players, coaches and administrators are eligible for selection five years after they have concluded their career at Robert Morris, and a veteran’s choice is also considered for induction. A veteran’s choice is an individual that has concluded their career for at least 20 years. The Robert Morris football program has had 11 former student-athletes inducted into the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame, while former head coach Joe Walton (1994-2013) was enshrined at the inaugural RMU Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner. Former assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Dan Radakovich is a member of the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015. To read and learn more about any of the former student-athletes, coaches or administrators in the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame, or if you would like to nominate a former student-athlete, coach or administrator, please visit the official website of Colonial athletics at www.RMUColonials.com.
Football Players in the Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame Tim Hall (1994-95) Running Back • Induction Year: 1998 The program’s inaugural running back, Hall established every rushing record at Robert Morris in his two years with the program. He rushed for 2,908 yards on his career, which ranks second all-time, and a singleseason record 1,572 yards in 1995. Hall also owns the single-game record for rushing yards, accumulating 278 yards against Bethany Nov. 5, 1994. Hall established the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) record by averaging 8.7 yards per carry in 1994, and his career average of 7.4 yards per attempts is an FCS career mark. In 1995, Hall was named an NCAA I-AA All-American according to The Associated Press. He passed away in September of 1998.
Brian Dunn (1994-97) Defensive Back • Induction Year: 2003 A native of Havorford, Pa., Dunn owns the Robert Morris single-game, single-season and career records for interceptions as a four-year starter at free safety for the Colonials. In a 28-6 victory over Duquesne at Moon Stadium Oct. 8, 1994, Dunn finished with three interceptions, which stands as the
single-game school record. As a senior in 1997, Dunn established the single-season record for interceptions with seven, a record that has since been tied twice. On his career, Dunn finished with 19 picks. Dunn was named to the 1995 All-ECAC Team and the 1996 All-America Second Team by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette. An AllNortheast Conference selection in both 1996 and 1997, Dunn was a first team All-American and All-ECAC pick in 1997.
Nate List (1994-97) Linebacker • Induction Year: 2003 List was a fouryear starter for Robert Morris at linebacker and held the program record for career tackles with 309 before linebacker James Noel (200205) eclipsed it in 2004. A native of Industry, Pa., and a member of ECAC Bowl winning teams in 1996 and 1997, List owns the longest interception return in school history, a 97-yard return for a touchdown at Dayton in 1996. List was named an All-American by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette three times, one of only two Colonials ever to earn the distinction a trio of occasions. An All-NEC pick in both 1996 and 1997, List also earned All-ECAC accolades in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
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Jake Newman (1994-97) Quarterback • Induction Year: 2004 A native of Powell, Ohio, Newman served as RMU’s inaugural quarterback from 1994 to 1997, leading the Colonials to a pair of Northeast Conference championships (1996, 1997) and a pair of ECAC Bowl victories (1996, 1997). Newman owns the Robert Morris record for career starts with 38. As the starting quarterback for the Colonials, Newman posted a record of 28-9-1 (.750), the best winning percentage in school history. Over his four years, Newman completed 426 of his 833 passing attempts (51.1 percent) for 5,771 yards and ranks second all-time at Robert Morris with 64 career touchdown passes.
John O’Connell (1995-98) Linebacker • Induction Year: 2004 A four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Robert Morris, O’Connell finished his career with 272 tackles, which ranks sixth in the RMU career record book. A native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., O’Connell was named a First Team All-American by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette and garnered All-Northeast Conference First Team honors in both 1996 and 1997.
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