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Kenny Wheaton
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: Football (1994-96)
Kenny Wheaton and “The Pick” are now synonymous in terms of Oregon football lore. It was his 97-yard interception return for a touchdown against rival Washington that most remember as the key moment during Oregon’s 1994 Rose Bowl season. The win over the Huskies catapulted the Ducks to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years. Yet Wheaton was a three-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 all-conference performer for Oregon as one of the best cornerbacks in school history. A menace to opposing quarterbacks, Wheaton led the team in interceptions all three seasons and also in tackles (73) in 1996, when he was a Pac-10 first-team selection and named the team’s most outstanding player. At the time of his induction, he still held the school career record for most interception return yards (380) and shared the school mark for most interceptions returned for touchdowns (3). He left school a year early for the NFL Draft ranking eighth on the UO career interceptions list with 11. He also broke up 28 career passes, No. 6 all-time at the time of his induction. The Ducks were 24-12 during Wheaton’s tenure with a Cotton Bowl appearance to go along with the trip to Pasadena. After college, he enjoyed a professional career with the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, including a CFL Grey Cup title in 2004.
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