Being proud Toledoans, we like to tell people about the great Toledo quarterback Chuck Ealey every chance we get.
Now that he has finally been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, after years of being overlooked, we feel justified in our excitement.
Why is Chuck Ealey so Good?
Chuck Ealey is one of the University of Toledo's most well-known quarterbacks. He led the Rockets through three undefeated seasons with a 35-0 record.
He never lost.
He never tied.
He was named first-team All-American by the Football News, second-team All-American by the United Press International and third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
And that was after never losing a game in high school.
He was also the MAC football player to be considered for the Heisman Trophy. And FINALLY, Chuck Ealey is in the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class.
Chuck Ealey's story
Chuck Ealey started making an impact on the game as a high school student in Portsmouth, OH. After completing an undefeated 18-0 record at Notre Dame High School, Chuck received a Football scholarship to the University of Toledo.
While getting his degree in Business Economics, Chuck, as Quarterback, led his UT Rockets to a record-breaking 35-0 college record through 1968-1971. Chuck led the Rockets to three consecutive AP Rankings. To this day, Chuck’s winning streak stands as the most consecutive wins by a quarterback in college football history.
Despite this record, Chuck was passed over by the NFL draft as Quarterback. Chuck chose to go to the CFL where the only thing that mattered was his ability. In 1972 he led the Hamilton Tigercats to a Grey Cup Championship, winning MVP as Quarterback.
2021 was the 50th Anniversary of the Undefeated Rockets Team. Without all members of the Undefeated Team playing by his side, Chuck would never have become the Undefeated Quarterback.