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Paul Winters

It is said that a super athlete makes an appearance about every 10 years. Paul Winters, who lettered three years in football (1977-79) and one year in track (1980) at The University of Akron, surely qualifies as one of those super athletes. Under the guidance of Head Coach Jim Dennison, Winters' performance helped the Zips compile three consecutive winning seasons. He established himself as the number one tailback as a sophomore and then led UA in rushing his final two years. The 6-0, 180 pound Winters saved his best for his senior campaign, topping the Zips in rushing in all 11 games. In the season-opening 24-7 win over Western Illinois he rushed for career high 189 yards on 36 carries. Then in his final collegiate game, 27-16 victory over Eastern Illinois he bettered those previous highs by accumulating 200 yards rushing with a UA record-breaking 48 carries. With that latter effort Winters became UA's all-time leading single season rusher with 1,298 yards and was third on the career list with 2,613 yards. That individual effort earned him his third "Doc" Smith Award as the outstanding player in his class, the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award, UA's Athlete of the Year for 1979-80 and Honorable Mention All-America honors from the Associated Press. In 1980 Winters earned his UA degree in business and from 1982-85 he was on Dennison's football staff. Later he would coach at Toledo and at Wisconsin. Winters was inducted as a member of the 1989 class into UA's Sports Hall of Fame. Since 1994 Winters has served as offensive coordinator under Zips Head Football Coach Lee Owens. Earlier this year, the National Football Foundation chose Winters as Assistant Coach of the Year. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of one son and three daughters and reside in Stow.

Inducted 2001 | Football