Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced the 2012 class which includes 14 first team all-America players and three legendary coaches.
The class will be inducted at the 55th NFF annual awards dinner December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Slocum is joined by Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee and Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State and Miami as coaches selected for induction.
Players named are Charles Alexandria (tailback) of LSU, Otis Armstrong (halfback) of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski (QB) of California, Hal Bedsole (SE) of Southern Cal, Dave Casper (TE) of Notre Dame, Ty Detmer (QB) of BYU, Tommy Kramer (QB) of Rice, Art Monk (WR) of Syracuse, Greg Myers (DB) of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden (OT) of UCLA, Gabe Rivera (DT) of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau (LB) of Kansas State, Scott Thomas (S) of Air Force and John Wooten (OG) of Colorado.
Slocum, who is a member of the McNeese Hall of Fame and was named the university’s distinguished alumnus in 2001, played for the Cowboys from 1964-67 and at one time held all of the school’s pass receiving records. He led the team in receiving in 1966 and 1967 and finished with 74 catches for 945 yards and seven TDS. He was named the team’s outstanding offensive lineman in 1967.
After graduating from McNeese, Slocum, a native of Orange, TX, went into the coaching field where he became the winningest coach in Texas A&M and Southwest Conference history. A four time national coach of the year, Slocum’s Aggies reigned over the SWC, holding a 22 game league winning streak at one time and posting a 28-0-1 conference record from 1991 to 1994 while wining three SWC titles.
He led A&M to 11 bowl games in 14 seasons, to five New Year’s Day bowl appearances and to 10 top 25 finishes in the Associated Press poll. He retired as college football’s sixth winningest active coach. Fourteen of his players earned first team all-American honors including linebacker Dat Nguyen who was named both the Bednarik and Lombardi award winner in 1998.
Slocum currently works as a special assistant to President R. Bowen Loftin at Texas A&M.