Bill Borchert

Induction Year: 2009 Sport: Football

Bill Borchert saved his best for last. After a standout career at Holy Name High, the prolific playmaker took his talents to Mount Union College in Alliance. The Division III powerhouse was still in its infancy when it came to national championships. The Purple Raiders had one to their credit when Borchert hit campus in 1994. After going 22-3 his first two season, including a pair of losses in the NCAA playoffs, Borchert guided the Raiders to consecutive 14-0 seasons and two national titles. He started Mount Union’s 54-game winning streak. Along the way his numbers, like those of the Raiders, were staggering. He completed 671 of 1,009 passes for 10,201 yards and 141 touchdowns. In the 1996 Stagg Bowl win against Rowan, he passed for a record seven touchdowns and 505 yards. A year later, the Raiders racked up 697 yards of offense against Lycoming, with Borchert supplying six scoring passes and 411 yards. Those feats did not go unnoticed as he was named the Division III national player of the year as a junior and senior, earning both the Melberger Award and Gagliardi Trophy in his final season. The Cleveland Touchdown Club honored him with the Joe Fogg Memorial Award as the premier collegiate player in 1997. Borchert is in software sales for IBM, based in Cleveland and lives in Broadview Heights with his wife Erin and daughters Lauren and Emily.