Saints Grandparent inducted Utah State University HOF
Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Class
Roy Shivers, MVCS grandparent to Nico Lighford, is from Oakland, Calif.
An explosive runner with catlike quickness and excellent judgment, Roy Shivers earned honorable mention All-American honors from both Central Press and Newspaper Enterprise of America following his junior season at Utah State in 1965 as he rushed for 1,138 yards on 189 carries (6.0 ypc) with 14 touchdowns. As a junior, Shivers was the nation’s fourth leading rusher and also ranked fourth nationally in scoring with 96 points as he also earned All-America honors from Texas News. Shivers also caught 20 passes for 220 yards (11.0 ypr) with two touchdowns that year, to go along with nine punt returns for 179 yards (19.9 ypr) and seven kickoff returns for 140 yards (20.0 ypr). As a two-year star at Utah State, Shivers still ranks fourth all-time in school history in rushing average (6.8 ypc) and ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns (18). His 16 total touchdowns in 1965 still ranks tied for fourth all-time at USU for a single-season, while his 14 rushing touchdowns and 96 points scored rank tied for sixth all-time, and his 6.0 yards per carry average that year still ranks eighth all-time. Shivers, who had eight career 100-yard rushing games at USU, including six during his junior season, is the only player in school history to run, throw and return a kick for touchdown in the same game, a feat he accomplished against Colorado State in 1965. Against the Rams, Shiver threw an 89-yard touchdown pass, which is still the fourth-longest pass play in school history. For his performance against Colorado State, Shivers was named the Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week. Following his junior season, Shivers played in the 1966 College All-Star Game against the Green Bay Packers and was then drafted in the first round of the National Football League supplemental draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent seven years (1966-72) with the team. Following his playing career, Shivers entered the coaching ranks and eventually was named General Manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (2000-2006) as he was the first black general manager in professional football. Shivers is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the B.C. Lions of the CFL. Along with his football career, Shivers was also a member of USU’s track team in 1965 and ran on the then school-record 4×100 meter relay team.
The selections for this year’s inductees were based on student-athlete, exemplifies team concept, contributed to the ideal of sports at the University of Utah. Each inductee had to receive 75% of the 12 member committee votes. His outstanding achievement was in football, in which the bio lists what records were broke and are still held by him at Utah State.
Roy Shiver is currently working in Canada for the BC Lions Canadian Football team in Vancouver.
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