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Gary Beban


Gary Joseph Beban

Inducted 1988

Date of Birth



San Francisco, CA


University of California, Los Angeles (1965-1967)


Gary J. Beban excelled in academics and football, the epitome of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. As UCLA quarterback, he was all-conference three times and helped his team to a 24-5-2 record. He set a school record for total offense that lasted 15 years. As a sophomore, he threw two touchdown passes in the last four minutes to beat Southern California 20-16. In the Rose Bowl, Beban scored two touchdowns in UCLA's 14-12 victory over the number one ranked Michigan State Spartans. The next season he was fourth in the Heisman voting. As a senior he was a unanimous All-American and winner of the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Trophy and Washington Touchdown Club Trophy. He majored in European history and his academic progress was stunning. In 1967, he was a National Football Foundation Scholar- Athlete and recipient of the Dolly Cohen award. That award, given by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Foundation, goes to the player who best combines football and academic achievement. Gary played two years with the Washington Redskins then launched a career in business.


Height 6'1

Weight 191

Career Highlights

  • 1967 All-Conference
  • 1967 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1967 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1967 NFF Scholar Athlete
  • 1967 Unanimous All-America
  • 1966 All-Conference
  • 1966 Heisman - Fourth
  • 1965 All-Conference
  • 1965 Second Team All-America
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