PITTSBURG, Kan. – Kendall Gammon almost missed the call from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
“I almost didn’t take the call, because the number wasn’t in my contacts,” Gammon says, “For whatever reason, I guess I was playing roulette that day and decided to go ahead and answer it…it was kind of surreal.”
That call was to inform Gammon that he would enter the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class.
“I’m a little speechless, and I’m not speechless very often,” Gammon says of being selected to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, “It’s just something you don’t expect and I didn’t have any idea that this was even in the works.”
Gammon, who is already in the PSU Hall of Fame and MIAA Hall of Fame, came to Pittsburg State in 1987. He played four seasons from the Gorillas, being named an All-MIAA offensive lineman in three of those years. He was an All-American for Pitt State in 1991, when he helped the Gorillas claim the NCAA Division II national championship.
He would go on to play 15 years in the NFL as a long-snapper between the Pittsburg Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs – becoming the first pure long-snapper to earn a spot in the NFL Pro Bowl.
“I’m very grateful. First to Pittsburg and to Pittsburg State University,” Gammon says, “I call Pittsburg home. I’m from Rose Hill, and it was a great place, but Pittsburg has become that home for me. When you come here and you see what’s going on in the city and with the university, it’s something to really love.”
Gammon is one of ten individuals selected to enter the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2022 – a class that includes NASCAR racer Clint Bowyer and former Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Roy Williams.
“There’s unbelievably great talent that has come out of Kansas and will continue to come out of Kansas,” Gammon finishes, “You think about guys like Barry Sanders and folks like that, there’s special people who have come from Kansas or had their careers here in Kansas and are in the Hall of Fame. To be mentioned along with them in any sense is a wonderful thing, and I’m certainly very, very grateful.”
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Former Pittsburg State University All American offensive lineman and NFL Pro Bowl long snapper Kendall Gammon (BSEd ‘94) has been chosen for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as one of 10 members of the Class of 2022.
The formal induction will take place on Oct. 2 in Mulvane, Kansas, at the Kansas Star Casino.
“It certainly was humbling and something I never even imagined would happen,” Gammon said. “It’s made even sweeter by the fact that both my former coaches are members, and when it’s a Hall of Fame in your home state, that’s a really cool thing. I’d say it’s also very much a direct reflection of my time at Pitt State.”
Gammon, a native of Rose Hill, Kansas, came to PSU in the fall of 1987 to play for the Gorillas and begin work on a degree in education. Coached his first two years by Dennis Franchione and his final two seasons by Chuck Broyles — both Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees — the Gorillas won four straight conference titles, including three straight MIAA crowns from 1989-91 as the university transitioned from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.
His junior and senior years, he was captain of the team, and in 1991 the team earned a trip to Florence, Alabama, to play in the D-II National Championship game — a game the Gorillas won 23-6 over Jacksonville State University.
While at PSU, he was a three-time All-MIAA football player, winning three MIAA Conference titles, with first-team All-American selection in 1991.
After being drafted in 1992, he spent 15 years in the NFL on three teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-95), the New Orleans Saints (1996-1999), and the Kansas City Chiefs (2000-2006), before retiring.
Among his NFL achievements: he played in 244 regular and post season games, including 218 consecutive games; appeared in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers in 1995; and was the first pure long snapper to be selected for the Pro Bowl.
Gammon also served as an NFL Players Association representative and completed the NFL Business and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School. For 12 years, he was the field reporter and pre-game host for the Kansas City Chief’s radio broadcasts.
He was inducted to the Pittsburg State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the MIAA Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2008, he returned to his alma mater to serve as development director for intercollegiate athletics, and in 2015, he was named special assistant to the president by then-President Steve Scott.
Gammon has two sons, Blaise and Drake; Drake was a tight end for the Gorillas.
Gammon is joined in the induction class by:
- NASCAR championship driver Clint Bowyer from Emporia
- Emporia State University All-State basketball players Emily Bloss Carpenter from Wellsville and Tara Holloway Churchill from Moundridge
- Topeka native and Negro League Baseball all-star and coach Elwood “Bingo” DeMoss
- writer, historian, researcher, and creator of the term “sabermetrics” Bill James
- the winningest coach in Kansas girls high school basketball Jesse Nelson from Olpe
- professional groundskeeper for more than seven decades, including for the Kansas City Royals and over 50 Super Bowls, George Toma from Kansas City
- 18-time NCAA bowling championship coach Gordon Vadakin from Wichita
- former University of Kansas basketball coach, with nine Final Four appearances, Roy Williams
About the KSHF
This 10-member class raises the total number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 317. It has operated for 61 years and is located at the Wichita Boathouse.
Online ticket sales for the induction ceremony go live on Aug. 1 at www.kshof.org.
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