June 12, 2014
The University of Minnesota “M” Club, one of the nation’s oldest varsity letterwinner organizations, today announced the latest class of inductees into the club’s Hall of Fame. This year’s 13-person class will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at a 6 p.m. ceremony on Oct. 9, in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.
Two of those individuals – Ken Haycraft and Bill Light – played football for the Golden Gophers.
Light, who played for Minnesota from 1969-71, was the Gophers’ all-time leading tackler when he graduated. Presently third on the all-time list, Light will forever hold the record for most tackles in the three-year eligibility era. His 32 tackles in a game and 172 in a season both remain the most all-time in Gopher history. Light was a First Team All-Big Ten selection at linebacker in both 1970 and 1971 and served as team captain his senior season.
Haycraft was a Gopher from 1926-28 and established himself as a dominate end in 1927, when he earned First Team All-Big Ten status as part of the Gophers’ Big Ten Championship team. He followed that campaign by earning First Team All-Big Ten honors again and also being named a First Team All-American. After his collegiate career, Haycraft played professionally for the Green Bay Packers and won an NFL Championship in 1930.
With the announcement of the 13 new inductees, the “M” Club Hall of Fame will have 319 members representing student-athletes from 27 different varsity sports, as well as coaches and administrators.
Each year, the “M” Club assembles a committee of experts to review the accomplishments of letterwinners through the history of Gopher Athletics. This committee, along with former and current coaches, student-athletes and athletics department staff, vote to determine the next class of “M” Club Hall of Fame inductees.
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