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BRUIN DREW IN

Memories of Mau-rice wither soon? Hell no! — Bruin Football hero Maurice Jones-Drew heads the 2017 list of UCLA Hall of Fame inductees soon to be immortalized

If you are a UCLA Football fan, you will never forget Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew.  At first, the dreadlocked phenom was known familiarly as Mo Drew, and some people felt he was too small to excel.  Those people turned out to be as wrong as they could possibly be.  MJD went on to set record after record as a Bruin, racking up rushing and return yards by the mile, and notching Touchdowns in a way not seen around Westwood for years — and that was while on teams that did not afford him the greatest supporting cast on the field or on the sidelines.  So it was a no-brainer that the tougher-than-nails Footballer was chosen as a UCLA Hall of Famer.

Not that it matters for this honor, but Jones-Drew also kicked ass in the NFL, even leading the League in Rushing in 2011.  One thing that DOES matter as he has transitioned into the media, is that he seems to be a good representative of our alma mater.  I’ve seen him giving sound, insightful advice on TV to Fantasy Football players.  It looks like Mo could have a nice career in the studio if he decides to pursue it.  Right now, he is part of the L.A. Rams radio broadcast team.

Joining MJD in this class of inductees is Toby Bailey, who was one of the leaders of UCLA’s last Basketball National Championship team, in 1995.  The other members are Kristen Maloney (Gymnastics), Brandon Taliaferro (Volleyball), Monique Henderson (Track & Field), Gina Vecchione (Softball), Robin Beauregard (Women’s Water Polo), Bab Larsen (Track & Field/Cross Country Coach), and Bobby Field (Athletic Department).

This group will be formally inducted on October 20th, and honored at the Rose Bowl on the following day, at Halftime of the UCLA-Oregon Football game.

To recognize these worthy honor recipients, here are the next 80 worthy photos from the recent UCLA Dance Team Auditions, photos numbered 600-800.  I still have 300 more to go through, and the best of those will be posted in the near future.

"BRUIN DREW IN" was published on May 18th, 2017 and is listed in Blue & Gold News, UCLA/usc/Cheerleader Photos, UCLA/usc/Sports Photos.

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