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Darrington Seals

Seals was a rare breed at the University of Akron in the early 1960s because he was one of the very few athletes who came from out of state to play at Akron. Seals was brought from Pennsylvania to Akron by Gordon Larson in 1961, his first season as the Zips’ head football coach. Little did Larson realize he had a Hall of Famer in the making. It was players like the 5-foot-10, 150-pound Seals who helped take Akron from a 1-8 record in 1960 to a 6-2 mark in 1961. He would go on to three more winning campaigns – 7-2 in ’62, and 6-3 in both 1963 and ’64. Seals began his career as an offensive halfback, but his coaches quickly discovered he had defensive talents as well. As a result he was a 2-way performer his first two seasons and in his final year. He gained first-team All-Ohio Conference honors as a defensive back in 1962, was second team in ’63 and recaptured first-team honors as a senior. He also lettered four years in track – and with similar success. A sprinter and 440 man, he was on teams that captured Ohio Conference Championships in 1962, ’63 and ’65 – winning 30-of-32 meets in the process.

Inducted 1989 | Football