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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.