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Jack Beidleman

Beidleman's talents were evident from the first moment he touched an Akron U football, running 24 yards for a TD. And when his UA football career ended four years later, his last collegiate carry was a six-yard TD burst. Sandwiched in between those two TDs was one outstanding career in which the 5-8, 155 pound speedster broke no less than 10 school records in rushing and scoring. Included are 3,032 yards rushing, 36 touchdowns and 226 points. He proved his versatility by catching 86 passes for 1,414 yards and seven TDs. In 1968, he helped UA gain its first post-season game - a trip to the Grantland Rice Bowl. A year later the Zips were 9-1, tying the school's all-time best mark. For his efforts, Beidleman earned All-American honors his junior (1969) and senior (1970) campaigns. As a sprinter and field events man in track, Jack paced UA in scoring three of his four years of competition. He culminated his athletic career by earning the 1971 Athlete of the Year award and 10 years later was inducted into UA's Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1983 | Football