Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie, Richard Mercier Among 2012 UM Hall of Fame Inductees

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its Class of 2012 inductees, featuring NFL stars Ed Reed and Bryant McKinnie, along with women's tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews and the school's first African-American football player Ray Bellamy. Also selected were All-American pitcher Robbie Morrison, Olympic hurdler Patrina Allen, basketball star Desma Thomas Bateast and All-American lineman Rich Mercier.

This year's class will be officially inducted at the 44th Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet to be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Miami's Jungle Island.  For information on tickets, go to UMSportsHallofFame.com or call 305-284-2775. 

Richard Mercier: First Team All-America selection by The Sporting News in 1999 ... Two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection (1998-99) ... Team leader in pancake blocks in both his junior and senior seasons ... Tied Mike Sullivan for the UM record in career starts (48) ... Invited to play in the Senior Bowl, Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and Florida Citrus All Star Gridiron Classic ... Fifth round NFL draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000.

Bryant McKinnie: Outland Trophy winner as college football's outstanding interior lineman in 2001 ... Named a First Team All-American by The Football News in 2000 and a consensus first team Al-American by every national service in 2001, including the Associated Press, Football Writers Association, The Football News, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp and the National Football Foundations ... The 2001 National Player of the Year by CNNSI.com ... The 2001 College Football Offensive Player of the Year by The Football News ... Did not allow a quarterback sack during his entire UM career ... A two-time unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection at left tackle ... First round NFL pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002.

Ed Reed: Consensus First Team All-America and All-BIG EAST selection in 2000 and 2001 ... Set UM career records for interceptions (21) and interception return yards (389) ... His nine interceptions in 2001 is the second-highest single-season total in UM history ... Recorded eight interceptions in 2000 (third-best in UM history) ... Key factor in a defense that recorded a record 45 takeaways during the 2001 National Championship campaign ... Also excelled in track & field, winning the javelin at the 1999 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... A first round NFL draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.

Click Here To Read About the Other Inductees.

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