Former Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame this winter.
The former All-American will join legendary coaches Knute Rockne and Dick Vermeil for induction on Dec. 30 in Pasadena, Calif. at the Pasadena Convention Center, two days before the 101st Rose Bowl.
Carter was a key member of the 1995 Rose Bowl Championship squad that capped off a perfect 12-0 season with a 38-20 win over Oregon on Jan. 2, 1995.
The 1994 Nittany Lion team will be honored when the Nittany Lions play their home opener against Akron on Sept. 6 at Beaver Stadium.
“It’s a true honor from the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl committee to be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame,” Carter said. “Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl was everything and I always dreamed about playing in the Rose Bowl. To play in the Rose Bowl and be the MVP of the game, it was awesome, but now it’s the ultimate honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is pretty overwhelming.
“This is an honor that I share with all of my teammates, it just shows how special that year was,” Carter added. “It was only our second year in the conference and we go undefeated and to the Rose Bowl, that’s pretty special. Without my linemen, my tight ends, my quarterback and the receivers all throwing blocks out there for me, I wouldn’t be here. It’s awesome that this is coming up now because our 1994 team is being honored at the Akron game and I will have time to reflect and share this honor with them.”
The runner-up for the 1994 Heisman Trophy was the co-MVP for the Rose Bowl, carrying the ball 21 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns.