top of page


Coach Fulmer was inducted into the 2012 National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. In order to be considered for the Hall of Fame, coaches must have served at least ten seasons and 100 games while posting a winning percentage of at least .600, and coaches under the age of 70 must have been out of coaching for three years. Coach Fulmer complied with all of the qualifications as he had a career that spanned the most successful era in modern Tennessee Football history.


His induction was announced in May as he was selected a first-ballot- Hall-of-Famer and the actual ceremony took place in New York City in early December. Coach Fulmer is one of the youngest coaches to be inducted into the Hall of Fame which signifies the respect he received from his peers. Being accepted into the Hall of Fame typically occurs after having been nominated for at least two or three years; Coach Fulmer was accepted the first time.


"We are extremely proud to announce the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss.


"Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult, but Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court do an amazing job of selecting a diverse group of the most amazing players and coaches in our sport's rich history. This class is certainly no exception, and we look forward to honoring them and celebrating their achievements throughout the years to come." 


The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class was inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They were honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2013, and an official enshrinement took place in the summer of 2013.

“It was a tremendous honor to be selected to The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, and especially to go in on the first ballot. This honor is shared by my wife Vicky, my children, and by the outstanding players and coaches I was blessed to coach with. It also would not have happened without the fantastic support of my President Dr. Joe Johnson, my Athletic Director Doug Dickey, and an internal support staff that was outstanding. 


The incredible Tennessee fans, boosters, and Trustees also gave our teams fantastic support on and off the field. 


To be selected, to attend, and to be enshrined into the NFF and HoF, is the ultimate honor as awards go in the college football world, and my family and I are grateful to all that helped make it happen. I also know how much work, time, and sacrifice it took from me, and from my family and coaches. We are all very proud to be a part of something so special.”


-Coach Fulmer

Phillip Fulmer College Football Hall of Fame
  • Phillip Fulmer - 152-52-0 (74.5%); Tennessee (1992-08)

  • Jimmy Johnson - 81-34-3 (70.0%); Oklahoma State (1979-83) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-88)

  • R.C. Slocum - 123-47-2 (72.1%); Texas A&M (1989-02)



  • Charles Alexander - TB, LSU (1975-78)

  • Otis Armstrong - HB, Purdue (1970-72)

  • Steve Bartowski- QB, California (1972-74)

  • Hal Bedsole - SE, Southern California (1961-63)

  • Dave Casper - TE, Notre Dame (1971-73)

  • Ty Detmer- QB, BYU (1988-91)

  • Tommy Kramer - QB, Rice (1973-76)

  • Art Monk - WR, Syracuse (1976-79)

  • Greg Myers - DB, Colorado State (1992-95)

  • Jonathan Ogden - OT, UCLA (1992-95)

  • Gabe Rivera - DT, Texas Tech (1979-82)

  • Mark Simoneau- LB, Kansas State (1996-99)

  • Scott Thomas - S, Air Force (1982-85)

  • John Wooten* - OG, Colorado (1956-58)


* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee

2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class

bottom of page