Former Raider Jim Ballard Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame

July 21, 2008


Jim Ballard

Quarterback Jim Ballard led the Raiders to their first National Championship in 1993.

Former Purple Raider quarterback Jim Ballard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) during the Enshrinement Festival, on Saturday, July 19 in South Bend, Indiana.

Ballard (1991-93), a two-time First-Team All-America pick in 1992 and 1993, broke 17 NCAA Division III records and threw for 8,270 yards and 93 touchdowns as a Purple Raider. The two-time recipient of the Mike Gregory Award, which is given to the Ohio Athletic Conference’s top offensive back, he was a two-time All-Conference selection and suffered only one OAC loss during his prolific career. Ballard won the first-ever Gagliardi Trophy and first-ever Melberger Award recognizing the NCAA Division III Player of the Year.

The Ohio native played in the NFL, Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League during his 10-year professional career and led the Scottish Claymores to an NFL Europe World Bowl title in 1996.

Inducted into the Scottish Claymores Hall of Fame in 2001, Ballard currently serves as the commissioner of the Continental Indoor Football League in North Canton, Ohio.

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