Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Memphis Tigers running back DeAngelo Williams will be inducted into the inaugural Conference USA, the conference announced on Monday.
Williams, who finished his NFL career with the Steelers in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, spent four years at Memphis, where he rushed for 6,026 yards on 969 carries for a career 6.2 yards per carry average.
He also scored 60 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to three consecutive bowl games before being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
He spent the first nine years of his NFL career in Carolina, leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 18 in 2008 and twice topping 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
In 2015, he also led the league in rushing scores with Pittsburgh, when he stepped into a starting role after a suspension and injury shortened the season of expected starter Le’Veon Bell.
In his two years in Pittsburgh, Williams rushed for 1,250 yards on 298 carries (4.2 yards per carry) and scored 17 total touchdowns.
The 25-person hall of fame class represents the 25th anniversary of the conference’s founding in 1995. Other notable inductees include former Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins, Houston quarterback Case Keenum, Cincinnati power forward Kenyon Martin, Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, Cincinnati third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Marquette shooting guard Dwayne Wade.