2001 Hall of Fame Inductee
Archie Amerson (Football, 1995-96)
Amerson, who won the 1996 Walter Payton Award given to the top player in I-AA football, rushed for 2,079 yards on 333 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, with 25 touchdowns during the 1996 season. His 2,079 rushing yards and 6.2 yards per carry average in 1996 are the second-best totals in I-AA history and his 25 touchdowns rank first in NCAA Division I-AA history. He also set various national records with 2,429 all-purpose yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, seven rushing/total touchdowns in a single game vs. Weber State on Oct. 5 as well as scoring 42 points. He was also named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team for Division I-AA, The Sports Network Division All-American Team and was named Division I-AA Offensive Player of the Year by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. Amerson, who currently plays for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, finished his two-year career at NAU with 526 carries for 3,196 yards (6.1 per rush average) and 37 touchdowns.