BYU and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Ty Detmer, a 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Saturday in the Cougars' homecoming game against Oregon State. Below is NFF's release on the event. As part of the homecoming celebration, former BYU players from every decade back to the 1950's will be recognized on the field prior to Detmer's presentation.
DALLAS, Oct. 10, 2012 – Brigham Young University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Ty Detmer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Oct. 13 in Provo, Utah during the game between BYU and Oregon State. Coverage of the game will start at 1:30 p.m. MT on ABC.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Detmer when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. “At the same time I know that it’s definitely a team effort, and I had a lot of team members around me making my job easy.”
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.
With a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O'Brien Awards and 59 NCAA records, Ty Detmer left BYU as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history. Detmer played quarterback for BYU from 1988-81.
“There aren’t many more accomplished players in the history of college football than Ty Detmer,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He just about did everything as a Cougar that a college quarterback can do. He is a truly deserving member of the College Football Hall of Fame. It will be a thrill to honor in front of the BYU faithful at LaVell Edwards Stadium.”
Twice named a consensus All-American, Detmer won national player of the year awards from organizations such as UPI, CBS, Scripps Howard and the U.S. Sports Academy. His 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns were NCAA bests at the time, and the gunslinger still holds nine NCAA records. A three-time First Team All-WAC performer, Detmer led College Football Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards' teams to three conference championships, four bowl games, three AP top 25 finishes, a 28-21 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Miami on Sept. 8, 1990 and a 37-13-2 overall record. The NCAA Today's Top VI Award recipient still holds 10 school records, including the season and career marks for total offense, passing yards and 400-yard games.
Detmer becomes the sixth BYU player to be inducted, following (chronological with year of induction) Gordon Hudson (2009), Steve Young (2001), Jim McMahon (1998), Marc Wilson (1996) and Gifford Nielsen (1994). Coach LaVell Edwards also entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Including the 2012 FBS class, only 918 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million people who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. This year’s hall of fame class includes: Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-556-1000.