Hall of Fame Enshrinement Set for AU's Dyas

Ed Dyas, a true triple threat on a football field, is Auburn's latest inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Mobile, Ala.--One of Auburn's most impressive athletes and graduates will be honored July 16th and 17th at the Enshrinement Festival in South Bend, Ind., at the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

Dr. Ed Dyas and 23 other college football stars are in the 2010 class.

Fans attending the ceremonies will have a variety of opportunities to meet the inductees at events that include a celebrity golf tournament, a fan festival, a parade, a youth football clinic, a fireworks celebration and an enshrinement dinner and show.

Dyas, an All-American fullback and kicker in 1960 as well as an Academic All-American, was also an outstanding linebacker for Coach Ralph Shug Jordan's Auburn teams during an era of limited substitutions and one-platoon football.

Playing when freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition, Dyas became a starter as a sophomore on Auburn's unbeaten 1958 team. Prior to coming to Auburn he was a heavily-recruited star player at McGill High in Mobile.

During his three years as a varsity starter, the Tigers posted a record of 24-5-1.

Dyas is still considered one of the top fullbacks, if not the best to ever play the position for the Tigers. He finished his career as the sixth-leading rusher in Auburn history with 1,298 yards. As a senior he was named the Most Outstanding Back in the Southeastern Conference.

In 1960 as a senior, Dyas set an NCAA record for the most made field goals in one season. His talented right toe was directly responsible for all of Auburn's points in the historic first Auburn-Georgia game played on the Auburn campus after the game was moved from its traditional neutral site home of Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ga.

Ed Dyas runs the football vs. Georgia in 1960.

Dyas, a retired orthopedic surgeon, finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy as a senior. He has previously been inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He won the Cliff Hare Award at Auburn for athletic achievement, leadership skills and academics and was named the captain of the Academic All-American Team.

Drafted by the NFL's Baltimore Colts, the AFL's San Diego Chargers and Winnipeg of the CFL, Dyas bypassed the pros to attend medical school at Tulane.

"I had enough football by then and wanted to go on and finish medical school, which I did," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I had some times when I looked back over my shoulder and wondered whether I had done the right thing, but if I had played pro football I would have never met my wife (Diane) and wouldn't have these four wonderful children and the wonderful grandchildren so whatever led me down this path it was the right one."

Dyas joins former Tiger players Jimmy Hitchcock (1954), Walter Gilbert (1956), Pat Sullivan (1991), Tucker Frederickson (1994), Bo Jackson (1998), Terry Beasley (2002) and Tracy Rocker (2004) in the College Football Hall of Fame. Auburn coaches also in the Hall of Fame include Mike Donahue (1951), John W. Heisman (1954), Ralph "Shug" Jordan (1982) and Pat Dye (2005).

"The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade," says College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. "Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement."

Tickets for the hall of fame events are on sale. For more information and a schedule of events go to Enshrinement or call 574-235-5714.

Recognized for his many contributions to Auburn as an alumnus over the years, Dyas is highly respected by his generation of Auburn graduates and he obviously has strong feelings for his alma mater. "I went to Auburn when I was 17 years old and I grew up and became a man up there," he says. "I love Auburn and it has done a whole lot for me."

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