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Don Zwisler

Don Zwisler always may have been last at roll call, but his name was first in the Akron U football record books. In 1968, Zwisler set 17 school records as he passed and ran the Zips to a 7-2-1 record and their first appearance in a bowl game. That season was capped by a bid to the Grantland Rice Bowl, where the Zips were defeated by another blond quarterback of note - Terry Bradshaw. In 1968, Zwisler completed 135-of-244 passes for a record 2,012 yards and 13 touchdowns. The triple-threat athlete also rushed for 135 yards and six touchdowns that season and was the team's punter. In fact, he held the school record for career punting average (37.5 yards) until 1980. Zwisler's remarkable campaign did not go unrecognized. He was on the Associated Press' honorable mention Little All-America list. He also was named Akron U's Athlete of the Year for 1968-69, and was named to Akron U's Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

Inducted 1988 | Football