Poindexter

Former Virginia safety Anthony Poindexter is part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.

Anthony Poindexter is heading to the College Football Hall of Fame.

The former Virginia safety is part of the Hall’s 2020 class and will be inducted later this year, the National Football Foundation announced on Wednesday.

Poindexter, who played at UVa under Hall of Fame coach George Welsh from 1995-98, will be the fifth former Virginia football player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The others are Bill Dudley, Tom Scott, Joe Palumbo and Jim Dombrowski. Three former UVa head coaches also have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: Earle “Greasy” Neale, Frank Murray and Welsh.

Poindexter, a Lynchburg native, will be part of a 19-member class, which includes 17 former players and two former coaches.

In addition to Poindexter, the former players in the 2020 class are Lomas Brown (OT, Florida, 1981-84), Keith Byars (RB, Ohio State, 1982-85), Eric Crouch (QB, Nebraska, 1998-2001), Eric Dickerson (RB, Southern Methodist, 1979-82), Glenn Dorsey (DT, LSU, 2004-07), Jumbo Elliott (OT, Michigan, 1984-87), Jason Hanson (PK, Washington State, 1988-91), E.J. Henderson (LB, Maryland, 1999-2002), E.J. Junior (DE, Alabama, 1977-80), Steve McNair (QB, Alcorn State, 1991-94), Cade McNown (QB, UCLA, 1995-98), Leslie O’Neal (DT, Oklahoma State, 1982-85), David Pollack (DE, Georgia, 2001-04), Bob Stein (DE, Minnesota, 1966-68), Michael Westbrook (WR, Colorado, 1991-94) and Elmo Wright (WR, Houston, 1968-70).

The two coaches in the class are former N.C. State coach Dick Sheridan and former Villanova coach Andy Talley. Poindexter and Sheridan give the ACC two former players in this year’s class.

“The accomplishments of N.C. State’s Dick Sheridan and Virginia’s Anthony Poindexter speak for themselves, and we are pleased they will be recognized by the National Football Foundation as part of this year’s College Football Hall of Fame class,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “The ACC congratulates both of our honorees as well as the other members of the 2020 class.”

Poindexter, whose No. 3 jersey was retired by UVa in 2009, is one of eight members of the class who were first-team consensus All-Americans and one of seven players who were multi-year first-team All-Americans.

During his storied college career at Virginia, Poindexter led the Cavaliers to three bowl appearances, including a win over Georgia in the 1995 Peach Bowl.

Poindexter still owns the UVa school record for career fumble recoveries with seven, and his 342 career tackles are the second most all-time among Cavalier defensive backs. Poindexter also owns or shares UVa single-game records for interceptions (three vs. N.C. State in 1996), assisted tackles (14 vs. Virginia Tech in 1996) and fumble recoveries (two vs. Georgia Tech in 1997 and two vs. Duke in 1998).

After his college career ended prematurely after he suffered a severe knee injury against N.C. State during his senior season in 1998, Poindexter graduated from Virginia in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and was a seventh-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for the Ravens and Browns during his three seasons in the NFL and was part of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV championship team.

Following his playing career, Poindexter spent 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Virginia, beginning as a graduate assistant and ending as safeties coach in 2013. Poindexter then went to UConn, where he was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach from 2014-16. He is entering his fourth season as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Purdue.

Poindexter will be inducted during the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 in New York and immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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