The Hall of Fame for Dave Dickenson
Although he never took a regular season snap while spending time with four NFL teams, including the Seahawks, Dave Dickenson had certainly racked up the accolades for his earlier achievements in the college ranks.
In his four years at the University of Montana, Dickenson compiled a career so legendary that his No. 15 is retired. He accumulated 11,523 total yards, including 11,080 yards passing with 96 passing touchdowns, and he capped off his career with a comeback win over Marshall to take home the 1995 NCAA Division I-AA national championship.
Dickenson still holds 20 school records, including eight Big Sky Conference records and two FCS records. He also won the Walter Payton Award, and earned All-American status twice and Academic All-American status three times.
All of which earned him the nickname “Super Dave.”
And on December 4, 2018, Dickenson, a Great Falls native, will be the second Montana Grizzly enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Dickenson played four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders (1997-2000), and was on NFL rosters with the San Diego Chargers (2001), Seattle Seahawks (2002), Miami Dolphins (2002), and Detroit Lions (2002). He then re-joined the CFL by signing with the BC Lions (2003-2007), and finished his playing career with Calgary in 2009.
He was an assistant coach with Calgary in the 2009-2015 seasons, and is now the head coach. Dickenson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
The only other Montana Grizzly in the College Football Hall of Fame is quarterback William “Wild Bill” Kelly. He suited up for Montana from 1924 to 1926, and was inducted posthumously in 1969.
Some 997 players and 217 coaches have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. That’s less than .02 percent of all players and coaches who’ve been a part of the game since the sport’s inception almost 150 years ago.
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