Hall of Fame Inductee - Paul Meyerand

During the early 1950s, Paul Meyerand was a two-way football standout at fullback and linebacker for Quincy High School, earning three letters and and receiving all-state honors from both the Chicago Daily News and the Champaign News-Gazette. As a senior, Meyerand averaged 7.7 yards per carry, mostly between the tackles. He scored a team-leading seven touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion. Meyerand also was a two-time letterman in tennis who teamed with Jack Jefferson to win the district doubles championship and advance to the state tournament in Champaign. Meyerand was recruited by several schools, including two in the Big Ten Conference, and chose to play football at Valparaiso. At Valpo, Meyerand was a four-year letterwinner who played on an undefeated team his freshman season and helped the Crusaders win three Indiana collegiate conference titles. As a senior, he averaged 7.5 yards per carry. He also earned two letters in tennis. He graduated from Valpo with a dual majors in business administration and geography and took a job with General Motors. He was staff controller of the GM Research Laboratories before recently retiring. He and his wife Norma, who is a QHS graduate, live in Warren, Mich., and have three children and five grandchildren.

Acceptance Speech

"It is truly an honor to be inducted into the Quincy High School Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame, and I would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee for their nomination. No one achieves success in life without the help of others. I would therefore like to thank the coaches I had during my high school days. Don “Red” Sloan in junior high school and George Latham, Dale Hendren and Sid Gerenstein in senior high. In addition, I would like to thank my tennis coach, Arthur Guegel. I played with a great group of guys including John Musolino, Lorenzo Hammond, Bill Becktell, Herb Jackson and all of the other fine players that made up the 1951 football and tennis squads. The tennis team included players such as Bob Forsthove, Jack Jefferson, J.B. Gunn and Dave Wentura. I would like to thank all of my team members for their hard work and dedication, and my family for all of its support over the years. Again, thank you for this great honor."
— Paul Meyerand

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