The seven BYU inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5 2012 2:33 p.m. MST

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As impressive as Wilson was, McMahon actually supplanted him in the 1978 season as the starter after Wilson got injured. He solidified himself as a starter in the second half of a game against Oregon when he led BYU to a come-from-behind win.

McMahon is known for his exploits both on and off the field, but is probably best remembered for the 1980 "Miracle Bowl." Down by 20 points to the "Pony Express" SMU Mustangs with less than four minutes remaining, McMahon led the Cougars back to a 1-point victory, scoring the winning points on a hail-mary touchdown pass.

McMahon finished third in the Heisman balloting, but won the Davey O'Brien Trophy, the Sammy Baugh Award and Utah Sportsman of the Year. He also has been inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame.

After BYU, McMahon played on six different NFL teams, but is most recognized as the "Punky QB" that won the Super Bowl as starter of the Chicago Bears alongside Walter Payton and Mike Ditka.

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Harwich, MA

I might be a lifelong Ute but Jim was amazing. Simply amazing.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Those 20+years of the Coach Edwards' era was pretty remarkable. Five quarterbacks into the college hall of fame. Congratulations! (And I am old enough to remember them all.)

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Time for BYU to rethink inducting Big Jim into it's Football Hall of Fame while there is still time.

Salt Lake City, UT

Great years for BYU fans and all very deserving of this honor.

Everett, WA

Those were THE days. Makes you want to cry THESE days.

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