Former Stanford running back Darrin Nelson elected to College Football Hall of Fame 

click to enlarge Darrin Nelson became the first player to run for more than 1,000 yards and catch at least 50 passes in a season while he played at Stanford. - PAUL SAKUMA/2006 AP FILE PHOTO
  • Paul Sakuma/2006 AP file photo
  • Darrin Nelson became the first player to run for more than 1,000 yards and catch at least 50 passes in a season while he played at Stanford.

Former Stanford football running back Darrin Nelson was part of a 14-person class elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Nelson, who will be the the 18th Stanford player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, played for coach Bill Walsh and Hall of Famer Paul Wiggin between 1977-81.

Nelson was the first college football player to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch at least 50 passes in a single season -- a feat he accomplished three times at Stanford. He finished sixth in the 1981 Heisman Trophy voting.

Nelson went on to an 11-year NFL career. He was drafted seventh overall in 1982 and played nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and two with the San Diego Chargers.

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