Former USC All-American Tony Boselli Voted Into Pro Football Hall Of Fame
LOS ANGELES — USC two-time All-American offensive tackle Tony Boselli, a College Football Hall of Famer who twice was the NFL Lineman of the Year, has been named to the 8-member 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class today (Feb. 10).
He will be enshrined in ceremonies on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
Boselli becomes the 14th Trojan player—the most of any school—in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He joins Marcus Allen, Red Badgro, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Bruce Matthews, Ron Mix, Anthony Munoz, Troy Polamalu, O.J. Simpson, Junior Seau, Lynn Swann, Willie Wood and Ron Yary. Former USC assistant coaches Al Davis, Joe Gibbs and Mel Hein also are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Boselli's 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame classmates are LeRoy Butler, Cliff Branch, Art McNally, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Dick Vermeil and Bryant Young.
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Boselli is regarded as one of the finest offensive tackles to play at USC and in the NFL. A four-year (1991-94) starter at USC, he was a two-time (1992-94) All-American first teamer and three-time (1991-92-94) All-Pac-10 first teamer. As a 1994 senior, he was USC's MVP and team captain and won the Pac-10 Morris Trophy, as well as being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
The No. 2 selection of the 1995 NFL draft who was noted for his superb foot speed and agility, he was the first-ever pick in the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. He played seven seasons (1995-2001) with the Jaguars, where he was a four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler. He earned All-Rookie honors in 1995 and then led the Jaguars to the 1996 AFC championship game, the first of four straight playoff appearances for the club. He was Jacksonville's MVP in 2998 after helping the team to its first division title. He twice was the NFL Lineman of the Year and was named to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team despite playing only half of the decade. He spent 2002 with the Houston Texans. A severe shoulder injury shortened his career.
He was inducted into USC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Boselli now is a sports commentator and businessman, and runs the Boselli Foundation to assist at-risk youngsters in Jacksonville.