ORONO, Maine -- The National Football Foundation and its Board of Directors has announced that former University of Maine linebacker John Huard has been selected to the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class. Huard becomes the first Black Bear to receive college football's ultimate honor.
Huard, a two-time first team All-American, guided Maine to the Tangerine Bowl in 1965. A two-time first team All-Yankee Conference selection, Huard recorded 22 tackles in his first game in 1964. Named one of the top 20 athletes in the history of the state of Maine by Sports Illustrated, Huard was the first football player inducted into the Maine Athletic Hall of Fame ('86) and the first member of Alfond Stadium's Ring of Honor.
"We are very excited and pleased for John Huard and his induction into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame!," commented current UMaine head football coach Jack Cosgrove. "This award is one of the most significant awards in our game, and John is very deserving of the recognition. All of us associated with Maine "Black Bear" Football are proud of John and his incredible accomplishments throughout his life. Student, athlete, husband, father, coach or businessman, John has epitomized success! Congratulations!"
Huard was selected by the AFL's Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1967 NFL Draft and went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and the New Orleans Saints. Following his playing career in the professional ranks, Huard became the head coach at Acadia University where he led the Axemen to Canadian National Championships in 1979 and 1981. After his time at Acadia, Huard spent time as the head coach at Maine Maritime Academy before serving at the helm of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Huard returned to the University of Maine as its offensive line coach in 1974-75.
Away from the field, Huard is an active member with the National Football Foundation's State of Maine Chapter as well as volunteering with both the Boys and Girls Club and the Susan Curtis Foundation. A Waterville, Maine native, Huard is currently the President of Northeast Turf, Hue, Inc., and serves as the Northeast representative for FieldTurf.
The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks. PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, served as the official presenting sponsor of the announcement, which took place at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. Of the more than five million who have played and coached in the college football ranks, just over 1,000 individuals in the history of the sport have earned entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Huard joins 13 other players and two coaches in this year's class who will be honored at the 57th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with on-campus salutes during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized in the new $66.5 million College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in Atlanta and scheduled to open in August of 2014.
Complete 2014 Class Announcement