Oct. 16, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Baylor University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Don Trull with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Oct. 19 in Waco during the game between Baylor and Iowa State. Coverage of the game will start at 7 p.m. EST on the ESPNU.
"I was starting to think that I was not going to get in, so this was a very pleasant surprise," said Trull when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. "I guess it's true that anything worth having is worth waiting for. I'm very appreciative of the honor, and it speaks well for Baylor and the coaching staff and the guys I played with."
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.
Trull starred with the Bears from 1961-63, leaving an indelible mark on the Baylor record books as he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns during his career.
"Don Trull was a tremendous quarterback for Baylor," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "But he was also an exceptional student, becoming the school's first NFF National Scholar-Athlete. It will be a thrill for us to honor him in front of the Baylor faithful at Floyd Casey Stadium."
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.
Trull becomes the seventh Baylor player to be inducted, joining Larry Elkins (1962-64), Thomas Everett (1983-86), Bill Glass (1954-56), Barton Koch (1928-30), Mike Singletary (1977-80) and Jim Ray Smith (1952-54). Two coaches with stops in Waco are in the hall: Morley Jennings (1926-40) and Grant Teaff (1972-92).
Including the 2013 FBS class, only 934 players and 205 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the 4.99 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 145 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 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 10. This year's College Football Hall of Fame FBS Class includes: Ted Brown (North Carolina State), Teddy Bruschi (Arizona), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin), Tommie Frazier (Nebraska), Jerry Gray (Texas), Steve Meilinger (Kentucky), Orlando Pace (Ohio State), the late Rod Shoate (Oklahoma), Percy Snow (Michigan State), Vinny Testaverde (Miami, Fla.), Don Trull (Baylor), Danny Wuerffel (Florida), and coaches Wayne Hardin (Navy, Temple) and Bill McCartney (Colorado). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-556-1000.