Don ZimmermanFootball, 1930-32
Tulane University

Inducted: 1978

  • Earned First-Team All-America honors in 1931 and became one of four consensus All-Americans in Tulane history one season later.
  • Ended his Tulane career as the Green Wave’s all-time leader in total offense (4,657 yards on 764 plays, an average of 6.1 yards per play) and pass interceptions (12), setting records that lasted for 40 years.
  • Was responsible for 219 points, but more importantly, led the Green Wave to a 25-4-1 record during his career.
  • Led the Wave on a pair of scoring drives in the 1932 Rose Bowl, throwing one touchdown pass.
  • Also ranks third in career rushing yards with 2,369.
  • Also ranked among the world's best pole vaulters. Placed fourth in the national AAU meets two years in a row and won the Southern AAU title in 19933 - beating Matt Gordy from LSU, who was co-champion in both the NCAA and the national AAU championships a few weeks later.
  • In the 1932 AAU Championships, came within two inches of winning a berth on the United States Olympic team; finishing with a vault of 13-8, which would have been good enough for fourth place in the Olympics.
  • Tulane’s first-ever Southeastern Conference track champion, winning the 1933 pole vault title.
  • Also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1975) and the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • Died in 1974.