BIRMINGHAM, Ala – Former Missouri defensive back and running back Johnny Roland has been named to the Southeastern Conference’ 2012 Football Legends Class, an annual list of 14 former college football stars.
Roland was one of seven players to be named from the Eastern Division on Thursday.
The class will be honored at the 2012 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” November 30 to December 1 in Atlanta, Ga.
Roland, who played from 1962 to 1965, is one of the top two-way players in Mizzou history. He began his career as a running back under coach Dan Devine. He then switched to defensive back as a junior, winning All-American honors in 1965 when had six interceptions. That year he led the Tigers to an 8-2-1 record.
He was a three-time All-Big Eight selection, once as a running back and twice as a defensive back. The multi-faceted player also returned punts and kickoffs.
His number 23 jersey was retired in 1998, the year he was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
After his playing days at Mizzou, Roland went on to have a successful eight-year career in the NFL, winning Rookie of the Year with the St. Louis Cardinal sin 1966.
Here are the other players from the Eastern Division named to the 2012 SEC Football Legends Class:
Florida – Steve Tannen, DB, 1967-69
Georgia – David Greene, QB, 2001-04
Kentucky – Sonny Collins, RB, 1972-75
South Carolina – Ko Simpson, S, 2004-05
Tennessee - Peerless Price, WR, 1995-98
Vanderbilt - Hunter Hillenmeyer, Linebacker, 1999-2002