SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ahmad Rashad’s daughter came home from middle school one day saying a classmate wanted her father’s autograph.
“He said you played football. Did you?” Condola Rashad asked her father.
The 58-year-old Rashad laughs when recalling the story from about seven years ago, saying the reason his daughter didn’t know about his football career is because he doesn’t spend much time talking about the past. These days Rashad is more closely associated with basketball as host and executive producer of “NBA Access with Ahmad” on ABC and NBA TV’s “Tuesday Night with Ahmad” than the sport that first brought him fame.
But Rashad, who starred at Oregon during 1969-71, will allow himself some time to look back on his football career when he is enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with Penn State coach Joe Paterno, 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie of Boston College, and 17 others. Festivities begin today with a golf outing. The Division I-A members of the class were inducted into the hall during a ceremony in December in New York.
“Having been inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame gives me a pass to look back,” Rashad said. “I’m still looking forward, but at least I get a chance to slow down and enjoy the memories of my college football career.”
Rashad has fond memories of his college days, when he was known as Bobby Moore. He set 14 school records and was a three-time all-Pac-8 selection during 1969-71, first as a wide receiver his sophomore season and then as a running back in his junior and senior seasons.
He was the fourth pick in the 1972 NFL draft, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals. He switched back to being a wide receiver in the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.