Offensive linemen are the unsung heroes of any football team. For the most part they go about the job at hand without much fanfare or notice. However, every once in a while, people do take account of the effort of those linemen expend and Mark Van Horn just happens to be one of those few. He joins the ranks of other University of Akron and Summit County Sports Hall of Famer linemen such as Earl Hensal, Andy Maluke, Dave Adolph and Tony Butowica. In 1973 one of the first recruits signed by Jim Dennison, the new UA head football coach, wads the 6-3, 235 pound Van Horn from Doylestown Chippewa High School. Van Horn became the starting left guard as a sophomore and never relinquished it the remaining three campaigns. He helped the Zip gridders compile a 7-4 record in 1975 and was tri-captain on UA’s most successful football team in its history in ’76 by finishing 10-3 and national runner-up in the NCAA II. Van Horn’s outstanding line play in 1976 helped him become the first UA lineman to be named a first team All-American in the NCAA II by the Associated Press. In 1989 Van Horn was honored with his induction into UA’s Sports Hall of Fame.