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  Brian Shay

 
 
    • Shay led Paola High school to an unbeaten State Football Championship in 1994
    • In his four years at Emporia State, Shay became college football’s all-time leader in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, td’s, and points scored
    • Shay won the 1998 Harlon Hill Trophy which is given to the top player in NCAA Division II
       
           
      Shay, Brian
      Inducted 2002

      Born: February 22, 1977, Paola

      Graduated: Paola High School – 1995; Emporia State University, 1999

      High School Achievements

      Shay was a dynamic athlete in high school, leading Paola High School to an unbeaten season and the Class 4A state football championship in 1994. He was also a two-time state champion wrestler.

      Career at Emporia State

      During a four-year career at Emporia State University (1995-98) Brian Shay became college football’s all-time leader in rushing yards (6,958), all-purpose yards (9,301), touchdowns (88) and points scored (544). Shay ended his spectacular career at Emporia State with 17 records and won the 1998 Harlon Hill Trophy – signifying the top player in NCAA Division II – with the most first-place votes ever. His 2,265 yards rushing in 1998 was an all-time Division II record and he was named first-team Division II All-American in 1997 and 1998.

      Career after College

      Following his playing days with the Hornets, Shay was selected to play in the Senior Bowl All-Star Game. He played for the NFL Europe’s Berlin Thunder in 2000 and the Orlando Rage of the former XFL in 2001.

      Shay was inducted to the Emporia State University Athletics Hall of Honor in 2009 and the MIAA Conference Hall of Fame in 2015.