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Hayes R. Jenkins

Not only was he one of Akron U's greats in the early 1920s, but Jenkins produced another great athlete, his ice skating son, Hayes Allen, who preceded him into the Hall of Fame. At Akron U, Jenkins, nicknamed "Squirt," earned 12 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. However, it was in football that h really excelled. In the days of the drop kick, he was a master of his art. A 46-yard field goal he booted in 1924 stood as the longest for over 40 years. He still has the record for the longest kickoff return - 102 yards - against Ohio Wesleyan. Jenkins earned first team All-Ohio Conference honors in 1924 and as a senior in 1925 was voted the school' Athletic Honor Cup as its number one athlete. He passed away in 1960 at the age of 57.

Inducted 1977 | Football