Two of the greatest players in University of Miami history are set to be inducted into the Hurricanes’ Ring of Honor on Saturday.
Jerome Brown and Russell Maryland will become the 17th and 18th members of this prestigious list and will be honored during the first quarter break of Miami’s football game against North Carolina.
Jerome Brown, who will be inducted posthumously, was a consensus first-team All-American in 1986 as well as a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award. A dominant defensive tackle, Brown had 21 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries during his illustrious career. Brown started a New Year’s Day bowl game four consecutive years at Miami and won one national title.
The Brooksville, Fla. native was taken with the ninth pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he was a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro before his tragic passing in 1991. Brown, a member of the UM Athletic Hall of Fame, recorded 29.5 sacks in his five-year NFL career.
Maryland became the first player in University of Miami history to win the prestigious Outland Trophy, taking home the award for the best interior lineman in America in 1990. Maryland was a consensus All-American defensive tackle in 1990 and also was tabbed as the UPI Lineman of the Year.
Originally from Chicago, Maryland came to Miami for his college years and posted 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks during his career and is a member of both the UM Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
After winning two national championships as a Hurricane, Maryland was selected with the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in the NFL for 10 years and was chosen for the 1993 Pro Bowl. Maryland won three Super Bowl rings and had 24.5 sacks during his professional career.