Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George Bork

George Bork


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Northern Illinois
  • High School: Arlington Heights, IL (Arlington HS)
  • Years: 1960-1963
  • Inducted: 1999
  • Place of Birth: Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Date of Birth: Feb 08, 1942
  • Jersey Number: 11
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 178

Member Biography

George Bork lettered four years at Northern Illinois and was the starting quarterback the last three. He threw for 60 touchdowns - 2 as a freshman, 4 as a sophomore, 22 as a junior, 32 as a senior. Coach Howard Fletcher installed a formation he called "Shotgun Spread" and Bork was the star. Northern Illinois was in the NCAA College Division. In 1962, Bork led the nation in total offense and passing. He completed 232 passes for 2,506 yards. He repeated in 1963, with 244 completions for 3,077 yards. He was the first man in college football history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. In both 1962 and 1963 Bork made Little All-America and was named Most Valuable Player in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His career totals were 577 completions and 6,782 yards. The Huskies' marching band, at a 1963 game, formed the letters B-O-R-K and played "You Gotta Be A Football Hero." The school retired his jersey No.11. The Huskies went 8-2 in 1962. They were 10-0 in 1963, including a 26-14 victory over Southwest Missouri in the Mineral Water Bowl. Top games for Bork: 7 touchdown passes against Wisconsin-Whitewater, 43 passes completed against Central Michigan, 445 yards against Whitewater, 389 against Winona--all in 1963. Bork stood 6-1 in height, weighed 178, and came to Northern Illinois from Mt. Prospect (Ill.) High School. He played in 1964-67 with Montreal in the Canadian Football League.