Osterman, Williams tabbed for Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Nov. 28, 2012
Former Texas Softball pitcher Cat Osterman and former Texas Football running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams are to be inducted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
One of the top pitchers in UT history, Osterman was a three-time National Player of the Year and four-time All-American during her four seasons at The University of Texas. The only softball individual to ever win National Player of the Year honors three times, she paced the Longhorns to three trips to the Women's College World Series (2003, 2005 and 2006) while earning USA Softball's National Player of the Year honor in each of those three seasons.
During her redshirt season of 2004, Osterman trained with the USA National Team and was the only collegian and youngest member of the Olympic Team that earned a gold medal in Athens. A three-time selection as Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year (2003, 2005 and 2006), she still holds UT career records in victories (136), ERA (0.51), shutouts (85) and no-hitters (20) and holds the NCAA record for career strikeout ratio per seven innings (14.35). Osterman graduated from The University in 2007 with a psychology degree
Williams played running back for UT from 1995-1998. Williams finished his career with 21 NCAA records and 46 University of Texas all-time marks including NCAA records for career rushing yards (6,279), all-purpose yards (7,206), rushing TDs (72), and total TDs (75). The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles as a junior and senior.
Williams also was named the Maxwell Award winner, Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year and the 1998 Associated Press Player of the Year. Williams went onto play professional football for 11 years with three different NFL teams.
The 2012 class also includes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Dallas Cowboys running back Walt Garrison, former Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews, former Lubbock Monterey High School baseball coach Bobby Moegle, former San Antonio High School and NBA basketball champion Shaquille O'Neal.
The formal induction ceremony will take place in Waco, Texas, Feb. 18, 2013.