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John Hadl


John Willard Hadl

Inducted 1994

Date of Birth



Lawrence, KS


University of Kansas (1959-1961)


John Hadl broke in as a halfback for Kansas in 1959. He made a 98-yard interception return against Texas Christian, a 97-yard kickoff return against Syracuse, and a 94-yard punt against Oklahoma. His punting average for the season, 45.6 yards, led the nation. He played halfback again in 1960, and moved to quarterback in 1961. He made first-team All-America as a halfback in 1960, and as a quarterback in 1961. He was the team's punter and shared kick-return duties all three years. In the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl, he completed 7 of 10 passes in a victory over Rice. Hadl was Kansas captain in 1961, and his jersey, No. 21, has been retired. He played professionally 16 years 1962-77. He was with five teams and in 1965, playing for San Diego, led the American Football League in passing. Hadl had a lifetime attachment to Lawrence, Kansas. He attended high school there, attended the University of Kansas there, and following his pro years, took a job there as assistant director of athletics for the University of Kansas. Hadl played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game and was named Most Valuable Player in both. He is the only player ever to win both honors.


Height 6'1

Weight 205

Career Highlights

  • 1961 All-Conference
  • 1961 First Team All-America
  • 1961 Heisman - Seventh
  • 1960 All-Conference
  • 1960 First Team All-America
  • 1959 All-Conference
  • 1959 Led nation in punting
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