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USC Football All-American Tailback Anthony Davis Named To Rose Bowl Hall Of Fame

Oct 26, 2021

LOS ANGELES — USC unanimous All-American tailback Anthony Davis, who scored touchdowns in a pair of Rose Bowls in the mid-1970s, has been named to the 2021 class of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

He is the 26th Trojan player, coach or administrator elected to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Davis will be inducted in a ceremony outside the Rose Bowl stadium on Dec. 30, 2 days before the Rose Bowl Game. He also will be honored during the Rose Parade and on the field during the Rose Bowl Game, and a permanent plaque in his honor will be displayed at the Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl stadium.???

Joining Davis as 2021 inductees are former Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and three-time Rose Bowl Game participant and 1979 All-American Ron Simpkins of Michigan

Davis played in the 1973-74-75 Rose Bowls, all versus Ohio State, with the Trojans posting victories in the 1973 and 1975 games en route to USC national championships. He rushed for 157 yards with a 20-yard touchdown in the 1973 game and scored a short TD in the 1974 game. He suffered a rib injury that slowed him in the second half of the 1975 game, but did run for 67 yards. He had 342 all-purpose yards in his 3 Rose Bowls.

Davis, a flashy, popular player known as A.D. who did a signature knee dance after touchdowns, was the first player in Pac-8 history to rush for 1,000 yards in 3 successive seasons. He is long remembered for scoring 11 touchdowns in 3 games against Notre Dame, including 6 as a sophomore in the 1972 win and 4 in the famous 55-24 comeback victory in 1974.

The two-time (1973-74) All-Conference first teamer still ranks third on USC's career rushing chart (3,724 yards). He set or tied 24 NCAA, Pac-8 and USC records during his 3-year career, including an NCAA-record 6 scoring kickoff returns in his career (including 3 in 1974). He was the runner-up for the 1974 Heisman Trophy when he was named a unanimous All-American.

He was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

He also was an outfielder on USC's 1973 and 1974 College World Series champion baseball teams.

After USC, Davis played in the NFL, WFL, CFL and USFL, then became an actor and a real estate developer in Southern California.