BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former LSU quarterback Bert Jones, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 1972, was in New York Tuesday night to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Although better known nationally for being the Colts star quarterback who replaced Johnny Unitas and won the NFL's MVP and Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in the 70s, Jones was also a consensus All-American for LSU in 1972, despite sharing time in Charlie McClendon's two-quarterback system.
Jones left LSU as the school's all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdown passes before the era of prolific pass offenses emerged. He was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year in 1972. Nicknamed "The Ruston Rifle" for his strong arm, Jones considers wins over Notre Dame, Alabama and the famous Ole Miss game where his touchdown pass to Brad Davis tied the game with :01 left and Rusty Jackson's point-after won it 17-16 as some of his best memories.