Ex-USC Tailback Ricky Ervins Named To Rose Bowl Hall Of Fame

    Ricky Ervins
    Aug. 24, 2016

    Former USC tailback Ricky Ervins, the MVP of the 1990 Rose Bowl, was named to the 2016 class of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

    Ervins is the 24th Trojan player, coach or administrator elected to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

    Ervins will be inducted in a ceremony outside the Rose Bowl stadium on Jan. 1, 2017, a day before the Rose Bowl Game. He also will be honored during the Rose Parade and on the field during the Rose Bowl Game, and a permanent plaque in his honor will be displayed at the Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl stadium.

    Joining Ervins as 2016 inductees are former Minnesota defensive lineman Bobby Bell, former Oregon State and UCLA head coach Tommy Prothro (he also played in the game while at Duke) and longtime sportswriter Art Spander.

    Ervins, a 4-year (1987-90) letterman at USC, ran for 126 yards on 30 tries, including the 14-yard game-winning TD with 1:10 to play, in his 1990 Rose Bowl MVP performance in the 17-10 win over Michigan. He also caught 5 passes for another 44 yards in that game.

    He also appeared in 2 other Rose Bowls, starting as a 1988 sophomore versus Michigan and appearing as a backup versus Michigan State as a 1987 true freshman.

    Ervins grew up 3 minutes away from the Rose Bowl and attended Muir High in Pasadena. As a prep senior, he spent New Year's Day of 1987 parking cars for 11 hours at the Rose Bowl game. "The parking job was pretty good for me,” he once said. “I made $100 that day. That's not bad at all. I had no idea how much fun it was inside the Rose Bowl. I could hear the crowd cheering. I told myself, 'One day, I'm going to play in the Rose Bowl.'"

    Little did he know that the following year he would come full circle by appearing with the Trojans in the first of his 3 Rose Bowl trips.

    Ervins ranks 12th on the all-time USC rushing list with 2,337 yards on 488 carries (4.8 avg) and 17 TDs. He also caught 66 passes for 406 yards (6.2 avg) with 2 TDs and returned 19 kickoffs for a 19.6 average in his career.



    His best USC season was his 1989 junior season when, despite starting the year as USC's third string tailback, he ran for a Pac-10 leading 1,395 yards on 269 carries (5.2 avg) with a team-high 10 TDs. He also caught 39 passes for 221 yards (5.7 avg) and a TD (he also threw a TD pass that year). His 1,395 yards and his nine 100-yard rushing games in 1989 were the most in a season by a Trojan since Marcus Allen in 1981. His 39 receptions were the most ever by a Trojan running back. He was second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running (138.4). He earned 1989 All-Pac-10 first team, USC's Offensive Player of the Year and The Sporting News All-American honorable mention.

    He was headed to another good showing in his 1990 senior year before an ankle injury sidelined him in the fourth game of the year (he had a career-best 199 rushing yards with 2 TDs in that game at Ohio State before getting knocked out in the third quarter with the sprained ankle).

    Ervins also sprinted on USC's track team, working around spring football practice.

    After USC, he spent 5 years in the NFL (1991-94 with the Redskins, 1995 with the 49ers). He made the 1991 All-Rookie team (and was Washington’s Rookie of the Year) while rushing for 680 yards (second on the team) and helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI that season (he was the game's leading rusher). He rushed for 2,114 yards in his NFL career.

    He remains very active with the Washington Redskins' alumni players community service initiatives through the Redskins Charitable Foundation. He has a business that trains high school athletes in Virginia.

    He also is a member of the Pasadena Sports Hall of Fame and the John Muir High School Hall of Fame.