Three Jayhawks Inducted Into State of Kansas Sports Hall Of Fame
Oct. 7, 2012
WICHITA – Three former Kansas Jayhawks – Wayne Simien, Bud Stallworth and David Jaynes – were inducted into the state of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Wichita Boathouse Sunday afternoon.
The KU trio is part of a nine-person class that marks the 51st Anniversary Class of the Hall of Fame. The Hall now has 219 enshrinees. Others inducted Sunday included Michael Bishop, Kurt Budke, Harold Manning, Willie Murrell, David Snyder and Brenda Stolle.
A forward on the KU men’s basketball team, Simien was a consensus First Team All-American his senior year (2005) and was also a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection (2004 and 2005). The Leavenworth, Kan., native was the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year, after averaging 20.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
“I’m not here because of what I’ve done, but because many people have made significant contributions in my life,” Simien said at Sunday’s induction ceremony. “I’ve played for some great coaches and with some great teammates, and now I want to be remembered as someone who helped others achieve greatness in all areas of their lives.”
Stallworth is one of three Jayhawks to earn All-America honors on the court and academically, as he played basketball for head coach Ted Owens at Kansas from 1970-72. He was named the 1972 Big Eight Conference Player of the Year when he averaged 25.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Hartselle, Ala., native was a two-time all-league selection who ended his career with an 18.1 scoring average and his 50 points against Missouri in 1972 ranks second on the KU single-game scoring list.
“The lesson my parents taught me — that education is the most important thing — has led me to this honor. I thank you for including me among the great athletes, coaches and administrators who are in this Hall,” Stallworth said.
Jaynes was an All-America football player from 1971-73. A Bonner Springs, Kan., product, Jaynes brought a lethal arm to the Kansas offense in the early 1970s and would go on to break virtually every season and career passing mark in the Jayhawk record book. He finished his career ranked No. 1 all-time in passing yardage with 5,132 yards and his 35 career passing touchdowns stood as a school record for 34 years. Jaynes led KU in passing for three consecutive seasons, while leading the conference in two of those seasons (1972 and 1973).
“I’ve looked at the names of those who are already inducted in this Hall, and the kid from Bonner Springs in me is asking, `What am I doing in a group like this!’ This is my day to say `thank you’ to all the people who helped me become what I wanted to become,” Jaynes said.
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