- Named a First Team All-American in 1972 and three-times as a First Team All-Ivy player.
- Selected as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1972.
- Ivy League’s Player of Year in 1972, claiming the Asa S. Bushnell Cup.
- Becomes the 24th Yale player to enter the Hall of Fame.
Dick Jauron comes from a by-gone era of Ivy League football when the sport was still competing in the NCAA’s top division. Although Yale regularly put players in the College Football Hall Fame (23 from 1951-1981) Jauron becomes the first Bulldog player to make it in 34 years and the first to have played after World War II.
Jauron’s first trip to the NFF Dinner at the Waldorf was as an NFF National Scholar Athlete in 1972. He is one of three former NSA’s in the 2015 Hall of Fame Class along with Nebraska’s Trev Alberts (1993) and Notre Dame’s Thom Gatewood (1971).
Jauron’s induction comes 13 years after his head coach at Yale, Carmen Cozza, entered the Hall of Fame in 2002.
“I used to tell people that Dick was so good, you could be in a phone booth with him for 20 minutes and never touch him,” Cozza has said of the football-baseball star at Yale.
Jauron, the first Yale running back to gain 1,000 yards rushing in a season, got his football genes from his father, Bob, a high school and college star and later a football coach at all levels. Bob Jauron, a member of the Boston College football team coached by Frank Leahy, played in the 1940 Cotton Bowl and the 1941 Sugar Bowl.
Dick Jauron perfected the art of cutting back on his runs. He had a significant 87-yard run on a cutback in 1972, rallying the Bulldogs from a 14-12 deficit in the fourth quarter to a 28-14 victory against Columbia. He also set a then Yale record of 194 yards rushing in a 28-7 victory over Connecticut in 1972.
“I enjoyed cutting back,” the 6-foot, 190-pound Jauron said in “A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 years of Football at the Yale Bowl.” “My pure speed was good, not great, and generally not fast enough to just outrun defenders to the edges and turn the corner.”
In the final game of his college career, Jauron had a 74-yarder on the same kind of cutback play, also rallying the Bulldogs from a 17-0 deficit to a 28-17 victory over Harvard. His 183 yards rushing in that game culminated a 7-2 season in which Jauron ran 160 times for 1,055 yards, a 6.6 yards-a-carry average.
“That was the only time we beat Harvard in my Yale career,” Jauron recalled in the same book, “and if I had to choose one win, it would be that. I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention we beat Princeton in all three of our varsity years.”
His college career included 16 games rushing for more than 100-yard. After scoring the only touchdown in the East’s 9-3 victory over the West in the East-West Shrine Bowl, he was selected in the fourth round (91st overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. The St. Louis Cardinals also picked him (a shortstop) in the 25th round of the baseball draft.
Jauron went the NFL route, and he played eight seasons at free safety for the Lions and Cincinnati Bengals, collecting 25 interceptions in 100 games. Now 65, he was an assistant for several teams and head coach of the Chicago Bears (1999-2003) and later the Buffalo Bills (2006-09).