Tuesday, July 05, 2005

UMass QB Jerry Whelchel elected to UMass Hall-of-Fame

It was recently announced that former UMass QB Jerry Whelchel (1962-1965) was elected to the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame.

Whelchel certainly deserved to be included among the greatest players in UMass history.

Among his achievements were:

  • 22-5-1 as a starting QB
  • Led UMass to the 1964 Tangerine Bowl
  • 1964 winner of the Bolger Lowe Award as top New England football player
  • 1964 pass efficiency rating of 165.4 is the highest in UMass history
  • His career 139.9 pass efficiency ranks him first in UMass history
  • 14-1 as starter in Yankee Conference play
  • Also was the team's kicker and went 30-45 in extra points and 2 for 2 in field goal attempts.

A post on the UMass Hoops board stated that Whelchel passed away several years ago. Several internet searches produced no information about his passing.

The image below is from the UMass athletic website. The official UMass press release is here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am Jerry Whelchel's niece. He did pass away in 2004. The link to his obituary is https://secure.rgj.com/obits/index.php?id=11520