Bulldogs News · Alumni Paul Palmer to Enter College Football Hall of Fame


On January 8, 2018 the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class and our very own Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer was announced as a member of the 10 player, 3 coach class.

A unanimous First Team All-American in 1986, Paul Palmer was the most prolific running back in Temple history. He deservedly becomes the first Owls player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The runner-up for the 1986 Heisman Trophy, Palmer led the nation in rushing yards (1,866), rushing yards per game (169.6), all-purpose yards (2,633) and all-purpose yards per game (239.4) that season. His all-purpose yards that season broke the NCAA record held by Hall of Famer Marcus Allen while his rushing yards were the ninth-highest FBS single-season total at the time. Palmer also tied the NCAA record with 417 all-purpose yards against East Carolina in 1986, which still stands as a school single-game record, and his 349 rushing yards in the game were a Temple record until 2012. He ended his collegiate career by earning MVP honors in both the Blue-Gray Classic and the Hula Bowl.

A Second Team All-American in 1985, Palmer set 23 school records during his career and remains Temple’s all-time leading rusher with 4,895 yards, the sixth-best career mark in FBS history when his career ended. He also remains the Owls’ career leader in all-purpose yards (6,613), rushing attempts (935), 100-yard rushing games (21) and 200-yard rushing games (6). The owner of the top two single-season rushing performances in school history, Palmer led Temple in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards all four seasons of his career. The Owls were independent at the time, but he received multiple honors from the ECAC, including the 1986 ECAC Player of the Year, 1985 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and 1983 ECAC Rookie of the Year.

The 19th overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, Palmer also had stints with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. He also played two seasons for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football.

His Senior year at Churchill, Paul rushed for nearly 2000 yards and 27 touchdowns during the Bulldogs 10-2, state championship runner-up season in 1982. The Potomac, Md., native was inducted into the WCHS Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Temple Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Palmer currently serves as the radio analyst for Temple football games.

Joining Paul in the Class of 2018 are greats such as Charles Woodson (DB, Michigan), Calvin Johnson (WR, Georgia Tech), Kerry Collins (QB, Penn State), Ed Reed (DB, Miami), and coaches Frank Beamer (Murray State/ Virginia Tech) and National Championship coach Mack Brown (Applachin State/Tulane/UNC/Texas).

The Churchill family is so thrilled for this great accomplishment by Paul! We are all so proud, congratulations!

NFF Announcement

Paul Broadcasting for Temple University

Paul at Temple University

Paul at the Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony. Seated to his right is Vinny Testaverde and to his left Brian Bosworth.

Paul’s Rookie Football Card with the Kansas City Chiefs after being drafted in the 1st round.