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Bob McKay Set for Oct. 7 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Texas and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor McKay, a 2017 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Longhorns host Kansas State.
Published: 10/5/2017 11:00:00 AM

IRVING, Texas (Oct. 5, 2017) – The University of Texas and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Bob McKay with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. The Salute will take place this Saturday, Oct. 7, during the Longhorns’ game against Kansas State. Coverage of the game will start at 6 p.m. CT on FS1.

“All of us did the work,” McKay said in a Texas release in January. “You did your job to the best of your ability, and there were 10 other guys doing the same thing.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events continue as the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Bob McKay was a leader and offensive lineman on one of the best teams in Texas history,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He earns his place as the first member of the Longhorns’ 1969 national championship team to be inducted. We are thrilled to honor him at DKR."

A consensus First Team All-American in 1969, the 6-foot-5 McKay guided Texas to a perfect 11-0 season and the national title after defeating Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. He also helped the team to a No. 3 final ranking nationally in 1968 following a win over Tennessee in the 1969 Cotton Bowl. The 1969 All-Southwest Conference selection led the Longhorns to two conference championships.

Behind McKay and the rest of the offensive line, the 1969 squad outscored opponents 435-119 while leading the FBS in rushing offense (363 yards per game) and scoring offense (33.8 points per game). With McKay in the starting lineup, Texas held an impressive 20-1-1 record and twice finished in the top three of the AP rankings. After his senior campaign, he played in the Coaches All-America Game and the Hula Bowl. During his standout career in Austin, McKay played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal and alongside Hall of Fame halfback Chris Gilbert.

McKay was drafted 21st overall by the Cleveland Browns in 1970 and spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Browns and New England Patriots. He would lead each franchise to two playoff appearances during his career. Following his football career, McKay worked commercial sales and is involved with the NFL Children’s Benefit and CASH of Austin. He was inducted into the Texas Men’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 1990.

McKay becomes the 18th Longhorn player to be inducted, joining Hub Bechtol (1944-46), Earl Campbell (1974-77), Doug English (1972-74), Chris Gilbert (1966-68), Jerry Gray (1981-84), Johnnie Johnson (1976-79), Malcolm Kutner (1939-41), Bobby Layne (1944-47), Roosevelt Leaks (1972-74), Bud McFadin (1948-50), Steve McMichael (1976-79), Tommy Nobis (1963-65), James Saxton (1959-61), Harley Sewell (1950-52), Jerry Sisemore (1970-72), Harrison Stafford (1930-32) and Ricky Williams (1995-98).

Former Texas coaches Dana Bible (1937-46) and Darrell Royal (1957-76) are also in the Hall.

Including the 2017 class, only 987 players and 214 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.26 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 148 years. In other words, only two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of the individuals who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina). For more information on the Dinner, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972.556.1000.

The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will take part in a series of events at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta where their accomplishments will be forever immortalized.

Remaining Scheduled 2017 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)

DATE

INDUCTEE

SCHOOL
(YEARS PLAYED/COACHED)

OPPOSING TEAM

Oct. 7

Bob McKay

Texas (1968-69)

Kansas State

Oct. 14

Marshall Faulk

San Diego State (1991-93)

Boise State

Oct. 14

Adrian Peterson

Georgia Southern (1998-2001)

New Mexico State

Oct. 21

Coach Steve Spurrier

Duke (1987-89)

Pittsburgh

Oct. 27

Mike Ruth

Boston College (1982-85)

Florida State

Oct. 28

Coach Danny Ford

Clemson (1978-89)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 4

Dat Nguyen

Texas A&M (1995-98)

Auburn


The 2017 season marks the eighth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 28th time in 2017.

Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.


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About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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