The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class will include a Cal Bear this year as Cal great Steve Bartkowski will be inducted along with 13 other players and three coaches as was announced today in New York City.
Bartkowski played quarterback for the Bears from 1972 to 1974 with his best season coming as a senior. In 1974, Bartkowski was a consensus All-American, an All-Pac-10 second team selection, an All-Coast Team honoree, Cal's team MVP and NorCal Player of the Year. He led the nation in passing with 2,580 yards and added 12 touchdowns.
At a time of two-sport stars, Bartkowski was also an All-American first baseman in 1973. Bartkowski went on to become the only Bear ever taken with the first pick in the NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons in 1975. He played 11 years with the Falcons, one year with the Rams and was named to two Pro Bowl teams.