Steve Bartkowski was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday, one of 17 inductees.
Bartkowski, the Falcons’ record holder for passing yards and touchdowns, played for California and was an All-American in 1974, the year he led the nation in passing with 2,580 yards.
The college hall is no small honor. An estimated 4.86 million individuals have played college football, and only 900 have been inducted.
Bartkowski lettered for the Golden Bears 1972-74, after which the Falcons made him the first overall pick in the 1975 draft, and was also an All-American first baseman in 1973. Bartkowski was in New York Tuesday for the news conference.
Two other former Falcons were also honored. Former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 and was a backup quarterback on the Falcons roster 2004-05 , and former Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau, a third-round pick by the Falcons in 2000, were also named to the hall. Simoneau, a consensus All-American in 1999 and the Big 12 defensive player of the year, played three seasons for the Falcons.
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