Hanneman and Freitas to be Inducted into Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
Oregon State University legends Craig Hanneman and Rockne Freitas head the 40th Oregon Sports Hall of Fame class, it was announced Monday.
Hanneman, a native of Salem, Ore., was a member of Oregon State's football team from 1967-70. The defensive lineman earned Associated Press Second Team, All-Coast, and All-Pac-8 as a senior. The 1992 Oregon State University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee played four seasons in the NFL after being drafted in 1971 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hanneman served in several governmental roles in the state of Oregon following football and is an accomplished mountaineer scaling the Seven Summits, including Mt. Everest in 2012.
Freitas, already a member of the University of Hawai'i and Oregon State Athletics Halls of Fame, played football at OSU from 1963-66. The 1965 Rose Bowl team member competed in multiple college all-star games following his senior year and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The center enjoyed a lengthy NFL career with Detroit and Tampa Bay and was selected NFL All-Pro three times. In 2014, OSU presented him with the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest university alumni recognition. Following his football career, he spent 23 years in his native Hawai'i in key leadership roles including state higher education, highlighted by serving as the Chancellor at the University of Hawai'i-Oahu.
The State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame will be held virtually Sept. 26 and air on KGW-TV at 9 p.m. Former Beavers Steven Jackson and Steve Preece will introduce Hanneman and Freitas.
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