Former Kansas Quarterback Bobby Douglass Up for Induction to College Football Hall of Fame

March 10, 2011


Former Kansas quarterback Bobby Douglass, who played at KU from 1966-68, is one of 79 players and nine coaches who comprise the 2011 Football Bowl Subdivision ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Douglass was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference (1967-68) selection and an All-American in 1968. During his senior season, Douglass directed the Pepper Rodgers-coached Jayhawks to a 9-2 record, a share of the Big Eight Conference title and a spot in the 1969 Orange Bowl. He passed for 1,316 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final year as a Jayhawk and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.

He passed for touchdowns in six consecutive games in 1968 which represented a school record. He ranks eighth all-time in career passing yardage with 2,817 yards. His 3,832 yards in total offense qualifies as the ninth-best mark in KU history. He was also responsible for 39 touchdowns during his career, a mark that ranks fifth on KU’s all-time history.

Douglass was selected to play in the Senior Bowl, American Bowl and the College All-Star game in Chicago following his senior season. He earned Most Valuable Player honors at the American Bowl. He played professionally in the NFL for 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

The ballot is mailed to more than 12,000 National Football Foundation (NFF) members and current Hall of Famers, whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the 2011 class.

The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live in New York City during a noon press conference in May and inducted at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6 of this year. The press conference has been carried live on ESPNEWS each of the last four years.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professionally.

For a complete list of the players and coaches which make up this year’s ballot, click here.