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Willis McGahee, Joaquin Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow among UM Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Willis McGahee does a little dance at midfield as teammates Ken Dorsey (11) and Andrew Williams look on after a 56-45 victory against Virginia Tech on Dec. 7, 2002 at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Willis McGahee does a little dance at midfield as teammates Ken Dorsey (11) and Andrew Williams look on after a 56-45 victory against Virginia Tech on Dec. 7, 2002 at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Three popular former University of Miami football players were among the newest UM Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees announced Wednesday by the Hurricanes.

Running back Willis McGahee, offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez and tight end Kellen Winslow are the football names that fans will know.

“I got the call last week and I was told, ‘Mum was the word,’  ’’ Gonzalez said during a radio interview Wednesday night on 790 The Ticket. “Funny thing is, when I got the call, I thought it was [former UM lineman and fellow UM Hall of Famer] Brett Romberg messing with me. So, I may have told the president of the Hall of Fame one or two words that I probably should have kept to myself. It was all in good fun.

“I’m absolutely humbled and flattered by the honor. … Still, to this day, man, I look back on my career … I just really wanted it and worked my tail off. It all really came down to that. I can’t believe it.’’

McGahee and Gonzalez were part of the 2001 national championship team.

The other inductees include several big-time names in their own right: Will Allen, Miami’s first African-American basketball player; World Series champion Jon Jay; women’s basketball all-time leading scorer Tamara James; two-time All-American women’s tennis player Megan Bradley; and 1975 and ’76 women’s swimming national championship coach Charlie Hodgson.

This year’s class will be introduced at halftime of the Miami-Clemson football game on Oct.  24 at Sun Life Stadium.

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