Released April 16, 1999
Former Centre Football Star Makes Hall of Fame
DANVILLE, KY--Jack C. "Teel" Bruner, a two-time All-American defensive back at Centre College, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies set for Aug. 13-14 in South Bend, Ind.
Bruner graduated in 1986 after a standout career at Centre. He was named to the Kodak All-America teams as a junior and a senior and was a three-time all-conference selection. He intercepted 20 passes during his career, including five in one game, tying an NCAA record.
Bruner, now a family physician in Cottonwood, Idaho, excelled in the classroom as well, graduating magna cum laude in Pre-Med and making the GTE Academic All-America first team in both 1984 and 1985. He also played basketball at Centre. Bruner went on to earn his MD from the University of Kentucky.
Six players and two coaches from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III, and the NAIA will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in August. The group includes George Bork, a quarterback from Northern Illinois; George Floyd, a defensive back from Eastern Kentucky; Willie Galimore, a halfback from Florida A&M; linebacker Jim LeClair of North Dakota; and defensive tackle Randy Trautman of Boise State. The coaches honored are Billy Nicks (Morris Brown, Prairie View) and James Sochor (California-Davis).
"I'm really happy for Teel," said Centre athletic director Joe McDaniel, who also served as head football coach during Bruner's career. "He was a fine football player, a leader on our team. And he epitomized the term 'scholar-athlete' during his time at Centre. This is a great honor for Teel and for Centre College."
A native of London and a 1982 graduate of Laurel County High School, Bruner and his wife, Kellie, have three children.
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