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Jim Ballard


James Randall Ballard

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



Cuyahoga Falls, OH


University of Mount Union (1991-1993)

Wilmington College (1990-1990)


After transferring from Wilmington College (Ohio), Jim Ballard broke numerous school, conference and NCAA records en route to leading Mount Union to its first-ever Division III National Championship in 1993. A two-time first-team All-America pick in 1992 and 1993, Ballard broke 17 Division III records and threw for over 12,000 yards and over 150 touchdowns. The two-time recipient of the Mike Gregory Award, which is given to the Ohio Athletic Conference's top offensive back, he was a two-time All-Conference selection and suffered only one OAC loss during his prolific career. Ballard won the inaugural Melberger Award as Division III's Player of the Year and owned every Mount Union passing record by career's end. The Ohio native played in the NFL, Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League during his 10-year professional career and led the Scottish Claymores to an NFL Europe World Bowl title in 1996.


Height 6'4

Weight 221

Career Highlights

  • 1993 All-Conference
  • 1993 Conference MVP
  • 1993 First Team All-America (Div. III)
  • 1993 Gagliardi Award Winner
  • 1993 Melberger Award Winner
  • 1992 All-Conference
  • 1992 Conference MVP
  • 1992 First Team All-America (Div. III)
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