Augie Lio, former All-America guard at Georgetown University, was one of nine former players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame yesterday.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Lio played three years for the Hoyas from 1938-40 before being drafted by the Detroit Lions. He spent three years with the Lions in addition to doing stints with the Boston Yankees, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Colts.
"I'm thrilled to be elected. Football was very good to me," said Lio, sports editor of the Herald-News of Passaic, N.J. "I had some big moments."
Lio said his biggest moment during his collegiate career was kicking a 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to beat Temple.
"They took us for a breather," said Lio, who was the fourth-leading scorer in the NFL in 1946."In those days, you played both ways. I also handled all the kicking. We were losing, 2-0, and I kicked that field goal to beat them."
Lio was the anchor of the offensive and defensive line for the Georgetown teams that went unbeaten.In his senior year, the Hoyas lost to Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, 14-7. Lio was voted All-Eastern guard in 1939 and 1940 and All-America as a senior in 1940.
Lio participated in the College All-Star game against the Chicago Bears. Teammates included the late baseball great Jackie Robinson, and Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, now a sportscaster.
Lio, the first recipient from Georgetown, will be inducted Dec. 4 at the 22nd annual dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Other inductees were Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Hopalong Cassady, Notre Dame Heisman winner halfback Johnny Lattner, Boston College fullback Mike Holovak, Rice half-back Dickie Moegle, Penn tackle Ed McGinley, Georgia end Catfish Smith, Virginia end Tom Scott, and St. Mary's of California halfback Herman Wedemeyer.