BATON ROUGE - Former Tiger All-American Jerry Stovall will be honored during the LSU-Alabama football game on Saturday in recognition of his election to the College Football Hall of Fame.
One of the great names in the history of Tiger football, Stovall was an LSU All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up who later became head coach of the Tigers and is now a leader of the Baton Rouge community.
"This is a great and important recognition for one of the legendary figures in LSU athletics history," LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. "This honor is long overdue for someone who had such a tremendous impact on the game of football. Jerry played an important role in our football history and LSU congratulates him on this well-deserved honor."
Stovall will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in December. He will become only the seventh player in LSU history to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he will be one of just three living LSU members, joining Billy Cannon and Tommy Casanova.
Members of the National Football Foundation, which sponsors the Hall of Fame, will be on hand for the recognition.
"We are extremely excited to participate in Saturday's on-campus salute to honor Jerry Stovall," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Touchdowns, interceptions, special teams, Jerry Stovall did it all at LSU. In the era of two-way players, few dominated like Jerry Stovall. He's a tremendous athlete who went on to give back as a coach. He clearly built a record that deserves to be forever preserved in the College Football Hall of Fame."
A two-time All-SEC First Team selection, Stovall was named the conference's Most Valuable Player in 1962 en route to finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Oregon State's Terry Baker. A member of the 1961 SEC Championship team, he finished at LSU with 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, adding 462 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also held the LSU record for highest punting average (42.1) in a season, amassing 165 attempts for 6,477 yards by career's end. Stovall gained nearly 700 return yards on special teams and recorded seven interceptions as a defensive standout.
The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft in 1963, he started nine seasons at defensive back for the St. Louis Cardinals and played in three Pro Bowls before his retirement in 1971.
In his post-NFL career, Stovall chose the coaching profession and was eventually named head coach of the Tigers in 1980. In 1982 he led LSU to an Orange Bowl appearance and was named SEC and National Coach of the Year.
He has since become a community leader, currently serving as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Sports Foundation. He and his wife Judy have two children, and they reside in Baton Rouge, La.
A member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the LSU Modern Day Team of the Century, Jerry Stovall will long be remembered as one of the greatest figures in the history of LSU Athletics.
LSU players previously inducted into the hall of fame (with year of induction) include Cannon (2008), Casanova (1995), Doc Fenton (1971), Ken Kavanaugh (1963), Abe Mickal (1967), and Gaynell Tinsley (1956). College Football Hall of Fame coaches with stints at LSU include Dana Bible (1951), Michael Donahue (1951), Lawrence Jones (1954), Charlie McClendon (1986), and Bernie Moore (1954). For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.