May 7, 2013
WACO, Texas – Former Baylor quarterback Don Trull was among 14 players and coaches elected to the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, as announced by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Tuesday. Trull became the 10th former Bear to earn induction and the first since Thomas Everett in 2006.
“We could not be more proud to announce the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. “These players and coaches are some of the greatest to have ever participated in our sport, and we offer our most sincere congratulations to each of them for this incredible achievement. Gene Corrigan and the NFF Honors Court deserve the utmost respect for selecting another tremendous group of inductees.”
Trull, who played quarterback for the Bears in 1961, 1962 and 1963, joins former Baylor head coaches Morley Jennings (1973 inductee) and Grant Teaff (2001), and players Barton Koch (1974), Bill Glass (1985), James Ray Smith (1987), Lawrence Elkins (1993), Mike Singletary (1985), Hayden Fry (2003) and Everett (2006), giving the Bears 10 all-time College Football Hall of Fame inductees.
The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 77 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees. The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.
Passing for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career, Don Trull left an indelible mark on the Baylor record books while becoming the school’s first-ever NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Trull becomes the 10th Bear to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A 1963 first-team All-American and first-team All-Southwest Conference selection, Trull led the nation in touchdowns and passing yards his senior season. He was a two-time winner of the Sammy Baugh Award for leading the country in completions (1962, 1963), and he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior. A trailblazer on the field and off, Trull became Baylor’s first two-time first-team Academic All-American honoree in 1962 and 1963 as well as the school’s first NFF National Scholar-Athlete (1963). Trull led the Bears to the 1961 Gotham Bowl and the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl under coach John Bridges.
The Oklahoma City native enjoyed an eight-year career in the professional ranks, playing for the Houston Oilers and Boston Patriots as well as the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. Following his playing days, he served as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1972-74.
Trull is the 2013 president-elect for the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter. His many other roles include NFL Alumni Director, vice chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of the Fort Bend County Water Board of Directors. Trull is a Baylor Hall of Fame inductee, and he was named to the school’s all-decade team.
2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
• TED BROWN – TB, North Carolina State (1975-78)
• TEDY BRUSCHI – DE, Arizona (1992-95)
• RON DAYNE – RB, Wisconsin (1996-99)
• Tommie Frazier – QB, Nebraska (1992-95)
• JERRY GRAY – DB, Texas (1981-84)
• STEVE MEILINGER* – E, Kentucky (1951-53)
• ORLANDO PACE – OT, Ohio State (1994-96)
• ROD SHOATE (deceased) – LB, Oklahoma (1972-74)
• PERCY SNOW – LB, Michigan State (1986-89)
• VINNY TESTAVERDE – QB, Miami, Fla. (1982, 1984-86)
• DON TRULL – QB, Baylor (1961-63)
• DANNY WUERFFEL – QB, Florida (1993-96)
* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee
• WAYNE HARDIN – 118-74-5 (61.2%); Navy (1959-64) and Temple (1970-82)
• BILL McCARTNEY – 93-55-5 (62.4%); Colorado (1982-94)
BAYLOR’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Morley Jennings, 1973, head coach
Barton Koch, 1974, lineman
Bill Glass, 1985, offensive guard
James Ray Smith, 1987, offensive tackle
Lawrence Elkins, 1993, flanker
Mike Singletary, 1995, linebacker
Grant Teaff, 2001, head coach
Hayden Fry, 2003, quarterback
Thomas Everett, 2006, free safety
Don Trull, 2013, quarterback