|"This is a great and
recognition for one
of the legendary
figures in LSU
LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of
Athletics Joe Alleva
|Jerry Stovall - LSU Legend & College Football Hall of Fame Member
The Stovall legacy spans decades at LSU as a player and coach
As a Tiger, he was the Heisman
Runner-up in 1962 and then
later coached LSU to the
November 4, 2010
Former Tiger All-American Jerry Stovall will be honored during the LSU-Alabama football game on
Saturday in recognition of his election to the College Football Hall of Fame.
One of the great names in the history of Tiger football, Stovall was an LSU All-American and Heisman
Trophy runner-up who later became head coach of the Tigers and is now a leader of the Baton Rouge
"This is a great and important recognition for one of the legendary figures in LSU athletics history," LSU
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. "This honor is long overdue for someone who
had such a tremendous impact on the game of football. Jerry played an important role in our football
history and LSU congratulates him on this well-deserved honor."
Stovall will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the historic Waldorf-
Astoria Hotel in New York City in December. He will become only the seventh player in LSU history to
be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he will be one of just three living LSU
members, joining Billy Cannon and Tommy Casanova.
“We are extremely excited to participate in Saturday’s on-campus salute to honor Jerry Stovall,” said
NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Touchdowns, interceptions, special teams, Jerry Stovall did it all
at LSU. In the era of two-way players, few dominated like Jerry Stovall. He’s a tremendous athlete who
went on to give back as a coach. He clearly built a record that deserves to be forever preserved in the
College Football Hall of Fame.”
A two-time All-SEC First Team selection, Stovall was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player in
1962 en route to finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Oregon State’s Terry Baker. A
member of the 1961 SEC Championship team, he finished at LSU with 1,071 yards and 13
touchdowns on the ground, adding 462 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also held the LSU
record for highest punting average (42.1) in a season, amassing 165 attempts for 6,477 yards by
career’s end. Stovall gained nearly 700 return yards on special teams and recorded seven
interceptions as a defensive standout.
The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft in 1963, he started nine seasons at defensive back for the St.
Louis Cardinals and played in three Pro Bowls before his retirement in 1971.
In his post-NFL career, Stovall chose the coaching profession and was eventually named head coach
of the Tigers in 1980. In 1982 he led LSU to an Orange Bowl appearance and was named SEC and
National Coach of the Year.
He has since become a community leader, currently serving as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge
Sports Foundation. He and his wife Judy have two children, and they reside in Baton Rouge, La.
A member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the LSU Modern
Day Team of the Century, Jerry Stovall will long be remembered as one of the greatest figures in the
history of LSU Athletics.
LSU players previously inducted into the hall of fame (with year of induction) include Cannon (2008),
Casanova (1995), Doc Fenton (1971), Ken Kavanaugh (1963), Abe Mickal (1967), and Gaynell Tinsley
(1956). College Football Hall of Fame coaches with stints at LSU include Dana Bible (1951), Michael
Donahue (1951), Lawrence Jones (1954), Charlie McClendon (1986), and Bernie Moore (1954). For a
complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
|His Tiger Playing Days
Besides finishing 2nd in the
1962 Heisman vote, Stovall
was the SEC MVP that
|Stovall coached for 4 seasons at LSU
as Members of the National Football Foundation, which
sponsors the Hall of Fame, will be on hand for the
“We are extremely excited to participate in Saturday’s on-
campus salute to honor Jerry Stovall,” said NFF
President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Touchdowns,
interceptions, special teams, Jerry Stovall did it all at
LSU. In the era of two-way players, few dominated like
Jerry Stovall. He’s a tremendous athlete who went on to
give back as a coach. He clearly built a record that
deserves to be forever preserved in the College Football
Hall of Fame.”
|Jerry Stovall's LSU Coaching Career
Tragedy preceded Stovall's head coaching debut in 1980
|Stovall first made a coaching presence on the LSU sidelines as an assistant for head coach Charlie
McClendon. However, it was following the tragic death of new Tigers head coach Bo Rein in 1980,
that the University hired Stovall as its head football coach.
The former Tiger All-American coached LSU for four seasons (1980-83) as his Tigers squad posted
a 22-21-2 record. Stovall's best season was in 1982 when his squad posted an 8-2-1 regular
season record that earned the Tigers an Orange Bowl berth. LSU earned a #11 ranking in the
Coaches and AP final poll that season.
Stovall was dismissed as the Tigers head coach following the 1983 season that saw LSU stumble to
a 4-7 season. Athletic Director Bob Broadhead fired Stovall despite the tremendous support that the
Tigers coach still maintained in many LSU circles.