Football did more than put Don Coryell into the College Football Hall of Fame. He said it gave him confidence to live his life.
Often breaking down during his enshrinement speech Friday night, Coryell talked publicly about his dyslexia, something he said he had never done before.
"Other than my family football is my entire life and has been my entire life," he said.
Coryell, who revolutionized the college passing game with his "Air Coryell" attack at San Diego State, was one of 22 former players and coaches enshrined in the Hall on Friday, including Bo Jackson, Jim McMahon and Tom Osborne.
Coryell said he spoke with a lisp as a child, stuttered and couldn't read or spell. But he said high school football gave him the confidence he lacked and gave him opportunities he never had dreamed of.
"That was the best thing that ever happened to me," said Coryell, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Osborne coached Nebraska to national titles in 1994 and '95, and his '97 squad shared the title with Michigan in his final season.
McMahon, a former BYU quarterback, said his father taught him growing up to be the best at whatever he chose to do: "I took that to mean "Don't lose.' I hate to lose. I still do. I'm playing with my kids, it doesn't matter."
Jackson won the Heisman as an Auburn running back in 1985.
Other enshrinees included Division I players Al Brosky, Brad Budde, Bill Fralic, Randy Gradishar, Mel Long, Jerry Rhome, Jim Ritcher, Johnny Roland, Alex Sarkisian and Bill Stanfill.
The Divisional Class included players Willie Galimore of Florida A&M, George Bork, Teel Bruner, George Floyd, Jim LeClair and Randy Trautman, plus coaches Billy Nicks and Jim Sochor.
The Division I-A players and coaches were elected last year and inducted during a ceremony in New York. The Divisional class was elected this spring.
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