Michael Payton inducted into the CFB HOF


HUNTINGTON – On Tuesday, Dec. 8, former Marshall quarterback Michael Payton joined other Thundering Herd great when he was officially inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame.

The dinner and ceremony was at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City last weekend, drawing a crowd of “Who’s Who” in College Football for the annual inductions. Former Marshall head coach Jack Lengyel is a member of the National Football Foundation board.

Payton led Marshall to the 1992 I-AA National Championship with a 31-28 win over Coach Jim Tressel’s Youngstown State Penguins in a sold-out Marshall University Stadium (today’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium). He threw for 9,411 yards on 689-of-1,108 passes (62.2%) and 69 touchdowns as a three-season starter.

He was two time All-Southern Conference Athlete of the Year, two time first team All-SoCon and two time Offensive Player of the Year, winning the Walter Payton Award as the I-AA Player of the Year (the FCS Heisman Trophy), leading MU to 6-5 in 1990, 11-4 in 1991, losing in the title game to YSU by 25-27 in Statesboro, Ga. and 12-3 in 1992.

Payton joined five other former Marshall players and coaches in the CFB HOF, with the new Hall located in Atlanta, Ga. Also in the Hall are former Marshall quarterback Harry “Cy” Young (1910-11), running back/returner/punter Jackie Hunt (1939-41), receiver/returner Mike Barber (1985-88), receiver/returner Troy Brown (1991-92) and Coach Jim Donnan (1990-95 at MU; 1996-2000 at UGA) are joined by Payton (1989-92).

Former MU assistant coach Frank Loria, an All-American at Virginia Tech, is also a member of the Hall as is former Marshall head coach John Maulbetsch, an All-American at Michigan, while there is a plaque in honor of the 75 lost in the Marshall football airline charter crash of Nov. 14, 1970, killing all on board, including Loria who was in his second year at Marshall as an assistant to Rick Tolley (who also played at Virginia Tech.)

Here are pictures of Payton on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from his Facebook account and the Herd Insider files. Congratulation, Michael Payton:


About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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