Boise State football great Randy Trautman dies at 53

March 3, 2014 

Randy Trautman, the only Boise State player in the College Football Hall of Fame, died this past weekend, according to Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin, who tweeted Sunday about Trautman’s death.

“Randy Trautman rest in peace. We will miss you......Bronco for Life..” Harsin said.

The cause of death has not been made public, but Trautman battled health issues over the years.

The former walk-on from Caldwell High became a two-time Associated Press and Kodak All-American for the Broncos and was voted the 1981 Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year, according to information from the conference.

Trautman played for Boise State’s 1980 NCAA Division I-AA championship team, producing 100 tackles and two forced fumbles along the way.

“I was very aggressive and had good technique,” Trautman said in an article published by the Big Sky in November on the conference’s 50 greatest male athletes. “I gave 100 percent. I had a great defensive line coach in Bill Dutton. I never really felt that I dominated, but people told me I did.”

“Back in those days, we used to play three or four I-A teams a year, teams like Utah and Utah State,’’ former coach Jim Criner said in the article. “There wasn’t a player on the field who dominated the game like Randy did. He literally dominated against Division I-A opponents. His speed and his quickness were just incredible.’’

Trautman finished his career with 266 tackles, including 29 for loss. He was a ninth-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins in 1982 and played four seasons for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, according to information from the Varsity B Club, a club for former players.

Trautman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

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