Husky football legend and former Washington state Senator George Fleming, ’64, was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on Dec. 31, at the Pasadena Convention Center. He was also honored during both the Rose Bowl parade and game on Jan. 2.
Fleming, a running back and kicker, helped the Huskies to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1960 and 1961. He was named the game’s co-most valuable player in UW’s 44-8 win over Wisconsin in 1960, scoring a touchdown and kicking a field goal and five extra points. Fleming was instrumental in UW’s 17-7 win over Minnesota in 1961, kicking a 44-yard field goal which at the time was the longest in Rose Bowl Game history.
During his career at UW, Fleming received second-team All-Coast halfback honors and first-team All-Coast honors. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1980 (the second year of its existence) and played in the NFL and CFL. Fleming received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW in 1964.
Fleming served 22 years in the Washington State Legislature, being elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 and the Senate in 1970. He was an advocate for civil rights and supported education.
Joining Fleming in the 2011 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class were University of Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and broadcaster Dick Enberg.
The official Rose Bowl Hall of Fame press release is available here.