If you’ve been keeping up with the Hustle Hall of Fame over the last few weeks, you are aware of what’s happening. Fan voting has decided the first of two entrants for each MAC member to craft an inaugural Class of 2017 for the Hustle Hall of Fame. Next up to be inducted for the Central Michigan Chippewas is Dan LeFevour.
Antonio Brown was CMU’s first entry for the Class of 2017.
Dan LeFevour’s story is like many stories in the land of the MAC.
An underheralded recruit coming out of high school (rated two-stars by Rivals in 2004), LeFevour took a redshirt year on a CMU team that was looking to start a rebuild after a dismal start to the decade. He took over the Chippewas halfway through his redshirt freshman season in 2006 under new head coach Butch Jones and never looked back.
Before graduating, LeFevour would become a four-time All-MAC team selection (three first-team, one second-team), a two-time MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the second player in FBS history to throw for 150 touchdowns and run for 150 touchdowns. LeFevour would also go on to set the all-time FBS mark for touchdowns responsible for a quarterback in a career (150) before getting passed by Case Keenum in 2011.
LeFevour was at the center of CMU’s legendary 2009 run which saw the Chippewas win the MAC outright and beat the Troy Trojans in the GMAC Bowl to achieve a Top 25 finish in the AP Poll.
By the end of his career, LeFevour had accumulated 12,905 yards passing, 2,948 yards rushing and 150 total touchdowns responsible for (107 passing, 42 rushing, 1 receiving.)
An Illinois native, LeFevour was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He never saw regular season action on an NFL roster, but did have practice squad rotations with the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
LeFevour found more success in the Canadian Football League, where he has had stints with the Hamilton TigerCats, Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes and currently, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Over six years, LeFevour has operated as a key reserve, going 73-115 for 779 yards and six touchdowns passing and 146 rushes for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns.
His professional career has been sidelined by several ACL tears, but LeFevour still has flashes of that dual-threat capability he exuded in Mt. Pleasant.
If you need a reminder of that skill, here’s a highlight tape. Welcome Dan LeFevour to the Hustle Hall of Fame!