He was Baylor’s original Heisman finalist and a groundbreaking passer in an era when most teams ran the ball. Now, legendary Baylor quarterback Don Trull has joined the ranks of college football’s immortals with his election into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Half a century after he starred at Baylor, Trull’s name still appears throughout the program’s record books alongside the top passers in BU history. His exploits helped transform college football from a game dominated by the run into the aerial shootouts we see today.
Trull led the nation in passing yardage and touchdowns during his highly decorated senior year (1963), when he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was a first-team All-American and first-team All-Southwest Conference selection, and became Baylor’s first National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
The Oklahoma City native is Baylor’s 10th member of the College Football Hall of Fame, joining such iconic names as Grant Teaff and Mike Singletary. Other Bears in the Hall: former Baylor head coach Morley Jennings and players Barton Koch, Bill Glass, James Ray Smith, Lawrence Elkins, Hayden Fry and Thomas Everett.
Sic ’em, Don Trull!