Ty Detmer won a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award and two Davey O'Brien Awards during his illustrious career as BYU's record-setting quarterback, but he said the honor he received on Tuesday night was just as satisfying.
Detmer became the seventh BYU player or coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, joining legendary coach LaVell Edwards, tight end Gordon Hudson and quarterbacks Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Steve Young and Jim McMahon.
"I'm definitely very proud to be here," Detmer said. "To me, there's nothing better than college football and all that goes along with it. â¦ It is really representative of the team you played on and the coaches you played for. I'm proud to be representing that group."
Detmer, who is now a high school football coach in Texas, was one of 17 players and coaches in the 2012 enshrinement class.
"Ty was a tremendous talent and an absolute legend at BYU," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "He accomplished almost everything a player can do in college football, and the way he played the game was truly ahead of its time."
Detmer won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 and would go on to set 59 NCAA records at BYU. Nine of those still stand.
He was twice named a consensus All-American, and his 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns were NCAA records at the time.
Selected in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Detmer played 14 seasons with the Packers, Eagles, 49ers, Browns, Lions and Falcons.
Also, receiver Joshua Weeks of Show Low High in Arizona, who signed with BYU last February, was recognized as one of five winners of the 2012 National High School Scholar-Athlete Award.
Other former players inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night were LSU's Charles Alexander, Purdue's Otis Armstrong, Cal's Steve Bartkowski, USC's Hal Bedsole, Notre Dame's Dave Casper, Rice's Tommy Kramer, Syracuse's Art Monk, Colorado State's Greg Myers, UCLA's Jonathan Ogden, Texas Tech's Gabe Rivera, Kansas State's Mark Simoneau, Air Force's Scott Thomas and Colorado's John Wooten.
Former coaches inducted Tuesday were Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, Miami and Oklahoma State's Jimmy Johnson and Texas A&M's R.C. Slocum.