John Hadl has been a Kansas football legend for years. Now he is officially a Hall of Famer, too.
Hadl was honored before the Kansas-Kansas State game as KU's fifth inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. Hadl will be formally inducted into the shrine on Dec. 6 in New York City. Hadl is among 12 inductees, including Tony Dorsett and Ozzie Newsome.
"It's a great honor to be in the College Hall of Fame," Hadl said. "A lot of people did a lot to get it done, particularly Bernie Kish and Bob Frederick and the rest of the department. But the biggest thrill of all was to play for the University of Kansas."
Hadl was the first two-time All-American at KU and led the Jayhawks to their first post-season victory in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1961.
Hadl, who starred at quarterback and halfback, joins Fielding Yost, Jim Bausch, Ray Evans, and Gale Sayers among Jayhawks in the Hall of Fame.
"We nominated John three years ago and its very difficult to be selected in that time," said Kish, KU's director of ticket operations and sales. "But John is very deserving. The number of two-time All-Americans at two different positions is so small, you can count them on one hand. The reason it took so long is because you have to stand in line and pay your dues."
Hadl went on to a 16-year career in the National Football League, but despite some productive years as a quarterback, he hasn't been chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"It's one of those things that's either going to happen or not," Hadl said. "It's something I'm not going to be able to control."
Joe Owens, the midwest chapter coordinator for the college shrine, made the presentation to Hadl in Thursday's pre-game ceremony.