May 30, 2013

Former Ithaca player elected to Hall of Fame

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Jeff Wittman, a three-time All-America selection, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, as part of its divisional class which recognizes players from outside the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Wittman, a fullback, led Ithaca to the Division III national title in 1991 and was subsequently named MVP of the Stagg Bowl after a three-touchdown performance, rushing for 159 yards on 30 carries. A three-time First Team All-American from 1990-92, he broke 16 career rushing and scoring records while leading the Bombers to a 36-8 record during his prolific career. The 1993 Ben Light Senior Male Athlete of the Year ran for 100-plus yards in a game 18 times, and he rushed for an Ithaca-record 3,410 yards and 44 touchdowns during his collegiate campaign.

He joins the late Jim Butterfield as representatives of Ithaca football in the College Football Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Ithaca in 1993, Wittman returned to his hometown of Rochester to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching.  He taught at an elementary school within the Gates Chili Central School District while also coaching the junior varsity football and wrestling teams at the local high school. He currently teaches physical education at Gates Chili High School.

Also recognized are former Washington University linebacker Shelby Jordan, who played prior to the formation of Division III, and Westminster (Pa.) quarterback Joe Micchia, who played before the school joined D-III.

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