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Al Kerkian

Things seemed to happen quickly in Al Kerkian's football career - both for better or worse. During his first two years at Akron U, Kerkian didn't play enough to earn a letter. Then, in his junior year, 1965, he became a star. Kerkian not only broke into the starting lineup as a defensive end, but he earned first-team All-Ohio Conference honors. As a senior, his career seemed to stall because of injuries, but the pro scouts had remembered him from the year before and the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the 13th round of the NFL draft, making him the first Akron U football player drafted for the pros. Kerkian performed well in the Cowboy's training camp, but just when he thought he had the team made, he suffered a knee injury in an intra-squad game just before the start of the season. They next season, Kerkian, still beset by injuries, left pro football after a tryout with the Browns.

Inducted 1988 | Football