Inducted – 1996
One of the greatest all-around athletes in Kansas history, Nolan Cromwell’s impressive career included All-State honors at Ransom High School, All-America honors at Kansas University and All-Pro distinction for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. As a freshman at Logan High School, he was the sixth-man on the 1970 Class 1A state championship basketball team. The next year, his family moved to Ransom where Cromwell became known as the “Ransom Ramber” for his exploits in football, basketball and track. He was a national AAU junior champion in the decathlon, a three-time state champion in track and earned consensus all-state honors in both football and basketball. The Wichita Eagle named him the state’s top high school football player of the 1970’s. Cromwell played football and competed in track and field at Kansas University. He started four years in football, the first two as a defensive back and the final two at quarterback. He rushed for an NCAA quarterback-record 294 yards against Oregon State on September 27, 1975. Six games later, Cromwell engineered a 23-3 upset of Oklahoma to snap the Sooners’ 28-game win streak. He was named the Big-8 Offensive Player of the Year in 1975, Big-Eight Athlete of the Year in 1977 and a track All-American in 1975, setting KU records in the 400-meter hurdles, 600-yard dash and decathlon. Cromwell played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1980 while leading the Rams to Super Bowl XIV. Born January 30, 1955 – Smith Center, KS. Graduated Ransom (KS) H.S., 1973; University of Kansas, 1977.