Eldon Fortie Athlete Profile

#17 Eldon Fortie

Eldon Fortie
Position: Quarterback Height: 5-9 Weight: 165 Roster Years: 1960-1962 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Hall of Fame: 1977

  • 1977 Football




All-America

  • 1961 Newspaper Enterprise Association First Team
  • 1962 AP Second Team
  • 1962 Football News
  • 1962 UPI Second Team
  • 1962 Williamson All-America Poll Second Team
  • 1962 AFCA Third Team

1977 Hall of Fame Inductee

In 1962 Eldon became the first BYU first-team All-American football player. He was selected Outstanding Back in eight of the ten games he played that year, and was named WAC Outstanding Back on three of those occasions. In November, 1962, he was named Sports Illustrated Back of the Week. His talents led to participation in four post-season games during his senior year—the 1963 North-South Game in Miami, the All-American Game in Tucson, the Hula Bowl in Hawaii, and the Coaches All-American Bowl. In 1963 he received the Dale Rex Memorial Award for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah. The BYU studentbody formally retired Eldon’s football jersey (number 40) in 1962.

Along with his athletic accomplishments, Eldon was named to the All-Conference Academic Team in 1961. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1963, he played a year of professional football for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian League.