UMaine legend Huard enters College Hall of Fame

Former UMaine linebacker John Huard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday at the National Football Foundation awards dinner in New York City.

Huard, twice a first-team All-American, is the first Mainer to be inducted. Thirteen other players and two coaches also were inducted, including Sterling Sharpe, LaDainian Tomlinson and Derrick Thomas.

Huard, 70, played at Maine from 1963-65. He was the defensive captain of the Black Bears when they played in the 1965 Tangerine Bowl.

“Like the other players … I’m humbled and honored,” Huard said Tuesday. “This award really means more to the players that I played with at the University of Maine.

“We were never the biggest guys. We were never the fastest guys. But one thing we learned was how to play as a team and how to back each other up. I’m basically honored for the players that I played with.”

Huard, who grew up Waterville and lives now in Cumberland, later played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.


AHL: The Portland Pirates signed forward Greg Miller to a professional tryout contract.

Miller has 13 goals and 14 assists in 23 games for the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League, placing him third in the league in points with 27.


NBADL: The Boston Celtics assigned forward Dwight Powell and guard/forward James Young to the Maine Red Claws.

Powell is averaging 22.3 points and 11 rebounds in three games for the Red Claws, while Young averages 23.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals in four games.