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Gary Beban

  • Sport: Football
  • Decade Inducted: 90s

One of the great quarterbacks in college football history, Gary Beban returned UCLA to gridiron glory in the late 1960s.

Gary Beban became the varsity quarterback of the UCLA Bruins during a lean cycle. But as the starter, from 1965-67, Beban helped the Bruins to a resurgence, with a 24-5-2 record during those three turnaround seasons.

During his sophomore year, Beban lead the team to a 14-12 upset over the top-ranked Michigan Wolverines, scoring both of the touchdowns in a Rose Bowl victory.

Beban accounted for 5,197 yards of total offense, scored 33 touchdowns and passed for 23 more during his collegiate career and won the Heisman Trophy and Camp Award as a senior.

A top-flight student as well, Beban earned his graduation from UCLA in 1968 and was a 1968 NCAA Scholar/Athlete award recipient.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988, and was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.