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Richard Hersey

Inducted 2018

Elgin High School Class of 1977

Biography

Richard Hersey – Inducted for football. Hersey rushed for a school record 1,386 yards and scored a record 18 touchdowns for Elgin in 1976 and was first-team All Upstate Eight Conference. He went on to star at De Anza Junior College in California, setting several school records. He was voted All State and was an All-American at De Anza, finishing as leading career rusher in the Golden Gate Conference with 2,636 yards. That eclipsed the previous record held by Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson. Hersey lead the GGC in rushing in both 1977 and '78 and scored 13 touchdowns in each of those seasons. He rushed for 1,168 yards in '77 and 1,468 in '78. He went on to play at the University of Arizona, where he played in the 1980 Fiesta Bowl. As a junior in 1979, he rushed for 561 yards on 111 carries, a 5.1 yards per-game average. The third leading rusher on the team, he also scored four touchdowns and caught six passes for 38 yards. His senior season he rushed for 252 yards on 56 carries with five touchdowns. Four of the TDs came in a 63-35 win over Pacific, which tied an Arizona record for most rushing TDs in a game.