SOUTH BEND, IN (UofA) - Former University of Arkansas standout Ronnie Caveness was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, becoming the 17th Razorback player or coach in the Hall of Fame.
"We are extremely proud that Ronnie Caveness is a member of this year's College Football Hall of Fame class," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "His enshrinement into the College Hall of Fame is a fitting culmination to a remarkable college football career at the University of Arkansas. Congratulations to Ronnie and the entire Caveness family on this special honor."
Caveness was a first-team All-America selection by the Football News in 1963. He was named a first-team All-American by multiple outlets in 1964 including the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News. One of the last Arkansas players to start on both sides of the ball, Ronnie Caveness dominated the opposition to lead the Razorbacks to the 1964 National Championship.
A first-team All-Southwest Conference selection at both center and linebacker during his senior campaign, Caveness helped Arkansas to the 1964 conference championship on a team that was coached by Hall of Famer Frank Broyles and included modern day football luminaries Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. Caveness holds the Razorbacks record for most tackles made in consecutive seasons (309). Forty-five years later, he also still holds the top two spots on the school's rankings for most tackles in a game (29 and 25, respectively). The team captain was Arkansas' leading tackler in 21 straight games.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1965, Caveness spent one year with the franchise before spending the remainder of his five-year professional career with the Oilers and Patriots. Following his playing days, he became a sales manager and also served as president of the Little Rock Razorback Club.
Caveness has been named to the Arkansas All-Century Team, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Classic All-Decade Team for the 1960s. He and his wife Teresa have two children and reside in Little Rock, Ark.