Former star quarerbacks Michael Bishop (Kansas State University) and David Jaynes (Kansas), and basketball greats Willie Murrell (Kansas State), Bud Stallworth (KU) and Wayne Simien (KU) headlined the 2012 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday at the Wichita Boathouse.
The five aforementioned players were joined by former University of Wichita distance runner Harold Manning, college tennis coach David Snyder (Winfield) and Emporia State softball player Brenda Stolle.
Salina native Kurt Budke was inducted posthumously.
The Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach, Budke died last November in a plane crash in Arkansas that killed four people, including his assistant, Miranda Serna.
Budke won nearly 80 percent of his games during a 19-year coaching career that included four junior-college championships. Coming out of Sacred Heart High School, Budke played at Barton County Community College in Great Bend in 1979-80 and 1980-81 before transferring to play for Bob Chipman’s powerhouse teams at Washburn.
Bishop established himself nothing short of a folk hero during his two-year career at Kansas State, capped by leading the Wildcats to a 22-3 record and 15-1 mark in the Big 12.
There were Paul Bunyan tales of the gifted Willis, Texas, native being able to throw a football nearly the length of a football field, in which Bishop replied, “If it’s not 100 yards, then it’s 92 or 93 yards.”
Bishop was the runner-up to Texas’ Ricky Williams for the 1998 Heisman Trophy. He also was the Davey O’Brien Award winner as the nation’s top quarterback the same season, beating out UCLA’s Cade McNown.
Bishop led Kansas State to its first No. 1 ranking in 1998. He ranks among Kansas State’s career leaders in passing efficiency, passing yardage (4,401) and total offense yardage (5,715).
Bishop also became the first player in Big 12 history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a single game. He was a first-team all-conference selection in 1998, a Football News and Sporting News first-team All-America selection and a third-team pick by The Associated Press.
Bishop was a seventh-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League from 2002 to 2008.
Jaynes broke virtually every passing record in Jayhawks football history in the early 1970s.
In 1973, Jaynes led KU to the Liberty Bowl and a 7-4-1 record. He finished fourth in the Heisman balloting that year. Jaynes’ most memorable passing game was a 35-for-58 output for 394 yards against Tennessee in 1973.
The Bonner Springs native held the career passing touchdown mark with 35, but it was topped by Todd Reesing’s 90 career touchdowns just a few short seasons ago.
Jaynes left KU as the top passer in school history with 5,132 yards.
Murrell, a 6-foot-6 forward from Taft, Okla., starred for Kansas State from 1962 through 1964.
Averaging 20.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during his K-State career, Murrell was a 1964 first-team All-America selection, leading Kansas State to the Final Four.
The Wildcats lost to the UCLA Bruins, coached by the legendary John Wooden, despite Murrell’s 29-point, 13-rebound effort.
The 71-year-old Murrell, whose No. 44 jersey was raised to the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum in 2009, played three seasons in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Denver Rockets, Miami Floridans and Kentucky Colonels. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 228 ABA games.
Stallworth, a two-time All-Big Eight selection, was the 1972 conference player of the year.
Noted for his 50-point performance against Missouri in his final home game at KU, Stallworth remains in the top 10 in school history for career scoring average (25.3 points per game).
Stallworth was a member of the 1971 Final Four team and had his jersey retired at Allen Fieldhouse in 2005.
A native of Leavenworth, Simien went on to become a two-time All-America selection his junior and senior years at Kansas (2002-03 and 2003-04).
While at KU, Simien won three Big 12 championships and earned four NCAA Tournament berths, including two Final Four finishes.
Simien, who committed to play for Roy Williams at KU as early as the eighth or ninth grade, was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school. He finished his Jayhawks career as the 12th-leading scorer in school history with 1,593 points, and his No. 23 jersey was retired on Jan. 29, 2011.
A No. 1 draft pick by the Miami Heat in 2005, Simien won an NBA championship ring with the team during his rookie season in 2005-06 and played another year before he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He finished up his playing days overseas with Spain’s Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto, retiring in 2009 to go into the ministry.