Knight, Harrington to join UO hall of fame

Knight, Harrington to join UO hall of fame

Knight, Harrington to join UO hall of fame

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 2:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon sports icons Joey Harrington and Phil Knight are among the 2012 inductees into the University of Oregon's Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Monday.

As the Ducks' quarterback, Harrington led the team to what was then "their highest season-ending national finish (2nd) in school history at the conclusion of the 2001 season," according to UO spokesman Chris Geraghty.

Harrington went on to become the third player selected in the 2002 NFL draft and played in the league for seven years.

Phil Knight was selected as a "creative visionary who not only has made an unprecedented impact on his alma mater but marketing on a global scale," Geraghty said.

"His passion was ignited as a middle distance walk-on at Oregon under legendary coach Bill Bowerman from 1955-59," Geraghty added. "It was refined as a shoe designer and entrepreneur that led to the formation of Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964."

He went on to create and run athletic footwear giant Nike. Knight has already been inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the World Retail Hall of Fame.

Others included in the Class of 2012: 1994 UO football MVP Chad Cota, basketball all-American Hugh Latham, softball all-American Kim Manning Strahm, and the 1971, 1973 and 1974 men’s cross country teams.

The group will be introduced at halftime of the Ducks’ September 22 football game against the Arizona Wildcats.

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