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 just 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 playoffs, Borchert guided the Raiders to consecutive 14-0 seasons and two national titles, jump-starting 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.

Eddie Finnigan

Induction Year : 1976

Sport: Basketball Football Track & Field

Eddie Finnigan was an all-around athletic standout at Cleveland John Adams High School and Western Reserve University. He starred in three sports at WRU, achieving his greatest success in basketball, where he was a first team Little All-American. Eddie also earned Little All-American honors in football and starred in track, and garnered new fame as the head track coach at Baldwin-Wallace College, where he produced Olympic champion Harrison Dillard.

Don McCafferty

Induction Year : 1992

Sport: Football

A product of Rhodes High School and Ohio State University, Don McCafferty later served as assistant football coach at Kent State and with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. As rookie head coach of the Colts, he turned around a faltering team and led them to a win in Super Bowl V. From Baltimore, Don moved over to the Detroit Lions but tragically died the following year, cutting short an exceptional coaching career.

Doug Dieken

Induction Year : 1992

Sport: Football

Drafted out of Illinois by the Cleveland Browns in 1971, Doug Dieken became a stalwart member of the team, at one point playing 203 consecutive games and starting the last 194; both Browns records. He was the Offensive Captain in 1976, 1977 and 1982 and was voted Offensive Player of the Year by the media in 1975 and 1983. Doug was a Pro Bowler in 1980. He currently does radio and TV sports.

Don Shula

Induction Year : 1989

Sport: Football

A star collegiate football player at John Carroll, Don Shula went on to play professional football with the Browns and Colts. His coaching career spans over a quarter century and is one of the most impressive in the history of the NFL. His Dolphins won two Super Bowls and his record of 200 pro wins in a 20 year span is unrivaled.