Steve FoleyFootball, 1969-86
Jesuit High School/Tulane University/NFL

Inducted: 1992

  • A star quarterback at Jesuit High School and Tulane University (1972-74) before embarking on a 12-year professional football career as a defensive back.
  • Established the Green Wave record for total offense while leading the team to two winning seasons, including a 9-3 year in 1973 that culminated with an invitation to the Asto-Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas.
  • The biggest win of the 1973 campaign was a 14-0 thumping of arch-rival and then-No. 8 LSU in the season finale as a beyond capacity crowd of 86,598 fans at old Tulane Stadium were on hand to witness the Green Wave's first win over the Tigers since 1948.
  • Earned team MVP honors for 1973 after leading the team in both passing and rushing yards. Ran for a pair of touchdowns in the season opener against Boston College, broke a 72-yard scoring run against VMI, threw the winning pass with nine seconds left to defeat Duke and scampered for 181 yards - the most ever by a Tulane quarterback - against Vanderbilt to clinch a bid in the Asto-Bluebonnet Bowl. 
  • Led the team to a red-hot start again as a senior with a 5-0 record to open the 1974 campaign, but a broken foot in game six of the season against Georgia Tech kept him out until the final two games of the season when he saw reserve duty.
  • Set Tulane records with 3,482 total yards - 1,308 rushing and 2,174 passing - and lowest percentage of passes intercepted both in a season - five of 147 passes in 1973 - and for a career -14 of 343 passes for a four percent mark.
  • Selected in the eighth round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, but spent the 1975 season with the Jacksonville Sharks of the now defunct World Football League, working on the transition from quarterback to defensive back.
  • Joined the Broncos for the 1976 season and became a mainstay in the defensive backfield where he saw time as both a cornerback and a safety, becoming the Broncos' all-time interception leader (44) while helping lead Denver to a pair of Super Bowl appearances.
  • Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

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