2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
An accomplished individual on and off the field, Gordon Gravelle became one of the most-prolific offensive tackles in BYU history. Born in Oakland, Calif., Gravelle developed into a top recruit while playing guard at Ygnacio Valley High in Concord, Calif. Graduating from BYU in 1972 in business administration, Gravelle went on to have a successful career in both football and home building/real estate development.
A member of BYU’s football program from 1967–1971, Gravelle started for three years under head coach Tom Hudspeth. He married his wife, Molly, prior to the start of the 1970 season. Before his senior year, Hudspeth said of Gravelle, “He is the best offensive lineman to play for me in my seven years at BYU, and his potential in the game seems unlimited.”
During his senior year, Gravelle earned many accolades and awards. The WAC Lineman of the Year, he was named to the 1971 All-WAC First Team and 1971 Playboy All-American Team. Gravelle played in both the 1971 East-West Shrine Game and the 1971 Senior Bowl. As one of the top offensive linemen available in the NFL draft, he also competed in the 1972 Chicago Charities College All-Star Game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Gravelle earned three All-America Second-Team Awards in 1971 from the Associated Press, Universal Sports, and the Newspaper International Association. Gravelle was later named to the WAC 15-Year All-Star Team in 1977.
After leaving BYU, Gravelle continued his playing career in the NFL. Drafted as the 38th overall pick in the second round of the 1972 NFL draft, Gravelle played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for five years. After being named to the All-NFL Rookie Team, Gravelle became the Steelers’ starting right tackle and a two-time Super Bowl Champion protecting quarterback Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X.
Gravelle went on to play for the New York Giants from 1977–1979 and finished his career with the Rams, with whom he played in Super Bowl XIV. Over the course of his NFL career, Gravelle started a total 68 of 96 career games.
Following his retirement from the NFL, Gravelle became involved in the real estate industry. He is currently the president of Suncrest Homes, a Northern California homebuilding and real estate development company. Gravelle also earned an MBA from Duquesne University; he and Molly currently live in Antioch, California. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.
Had a brother who played at Cal-Davis and then with the San Diego Chargers ... married wife Molley prior to the start of the 1970 season ... majoring in business administration.
Played guard at Ygnacio Valley High in Concord, Calif.
1969 | Junior Year
WAC honorable mention
1971 | Senior Year
All-Western Athletic Conference ... played in the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl ... preseason All-America by Kick-Off and Playboy magazines