Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

John Hadl

John Hadl


  • Position: Quarterback/Halfback
  • School: Kansas
  • High School: Lawrence, KS (Lawrence HS)
  • Years: 1959-1961
  • Inducted: 1994
  • Place of Birth: Lawrence, KS
  • Date of Birth: Feb 15, 1940
  • Jersey Number: 21
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 205

Member Biography

John Hadl broke in as a halfback for Kansas in 1959. He made a 98-yard interception return against Texas Christian, a 97-yard kickoff return against Syracuse, and a 94-yard punt against Oklahoma. His punting average for the season, 45.6 yards, led the nation. He played halfback again in 1960, and moved to quarterback in 1961. He made All-America as a halfback in 1960, as a quarterback in 1961. He was the team's punter and shared kick-return duties all three years. In the Bluebonnet Bowl after the 1961 season he completed 7 of 10 passes in a victory over Rice. Hadl was Kansas captain in 1961, and his jersey, No. 21, has been retired. He played professionally 16 years 1962-77 as a quarterback. He was with five teams and in 1965, playing for San Diego, led the American Football League in passing. Hadl had a lifetime attachment to Lawrence, Kansas. He attended high school there, attended the University of Kansas there, and following his pro years, took a job there as assistant director of athletics for the University of Kansas. Hadl played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game and was named Most Valuable Player in both. He is the only player ever to win both honors.