David Jaynes

  • 1973 First-Team All-American
  • Held career touchdown record at the University of Kansas for over thirty-four years
  • Finished fourth in the 1973 Heisman Trophy voting
Jaynes, David
Inducted 2012

Born: December 12, 1952 – Kansas City, KS

Graduated: Bonner Springs High School, 1970; University of Kansas, 1974; Pepperdine University (M.S.)


Quarterback David Jaynes, the namesake of David Jaynes Stadium in Bonner Springs, was one of the most highly recruited Kansas football stars of the late 1960s.  Many of the nation’s top programs called on him during his high school career including Stanford, the University of Miami, and the University of Alabama.  Yet, Jaynes turned down the offers from far and wide to stay near his hometown and play for the University of Kansas.

His stellar career numbers put him at or near the top of the list of all Jayhawk quarterbacks in numerous passing records, including career passing yardage, career touchdowns, career attempts, and career completions.  In fact, Jaynes’ school record of thirty-five career touchdown passes stood for over thirty-four years.

Career at KU

Jaynes was thrust into the leadership role early in his sophomore season when he showed glimpses of greatness but came into his own during his junior year when he set KU’s season passing yardage with 2,253 yards and season passing touchdown records with fifteen.

During his senior year in Lawrence under head coach Don Fambrough, Jaynes did just that.  In 1973, Jaynes led the Jayhawks to a record of 7-4-1 and a berth in the Liberty Bowl while piling up 2,131 yards, which ranked fourth nationally, and thirteen touchdowns.

Jaynes’ numbers were good enough to thrust the long-haired Jayhawk quarterback into the national spotlight.  He was a first-team All-Big VIII selection, a first-team All-America selection, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting for that year.

Professional Career

His senior season in crimson and blue had vaulted Jaynes to the top of many draft boards in the various professional football leagues at the time.  He was selected in the third round of 1974 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, just days after being the number one overall pick of the Houston Texans of the now defunct World Football League.  Once again, like Jaynes had done in making his decision on where to play college football, he chose to stay close to home and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

His professional career was cut short after three seasons due to injuries.