Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Entering the Hall: Ty Detmer
By Mark Schlabach
Before Jimmer Fredette came along, Ty Detmer was the student-athlete most singularly identified with Brigham Young University.
Detmer, who won the 1990 Heisman Trophy as college football's best player, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
During his four-year career at BYU from 1988 to 1991, Detmer also won the Maxwell Award as the country's best player and two Davey O'Brien Awards as the top quarterback. He also broke 63 NCAA records and left BYU as the sport's all-time leading passer with 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns. More than two decades after he left BYU, Detmer still holds 10 school records.
A two-time All-American, Detmer thrust the Cougars into the national spotlight with a 28-21 upset of No. 1-ranked Miami on Sept. 8, 1990.
Detmer threw for 406 yards with four touchdowns while leading BYU to an upset of the defending national champions. He had a 37-13-2 record at BYU and guided his teams to three consecutive conference championships.
A ninth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1992 NFL draft, Detmer played 14 seasons with the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.
Detmer is currently the head coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. He is the fifth BYU quarterback selected to the Hall of Fame, along with Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young. Legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards and tight end Gordon Hudson are also in the Hall of Fame.