James Boeke
James Boeke
Graduation Year: 1960
Sport: Football, Track
Induction Year: 1985

A member of two Ohio Athletic Conference championship teams in 1956 and 1959, James F. Boeke finished an 8-year career in professional football in 1968.

Currently a resident Fountain Valley, Calif., Boeke was a 19th round draft pick for the Rams in 1960 when the National Football League had 12 teams.

He played offensive tackle for the Rams from 1960-63 when he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. An offensive linemen under Cowboys' coach Tom Landry from 1964 through 1967, Boeke played a year with the New Orleans Saints before retiring after the 1968 season. Boeke currently teaches English at Westminster High School (California). He gave up coaching football five years ago to pursue a career as an actor.

A recipient of many awards including a first team selection in All-Ohio Athletic Conference voting in 1959, the award which today stands as his most treasured was the 1958 Heidelberg most valuable player award.

Considered as "the most outstanding tackle tackle developed at Heidelberg" by Coach Paul Hoernemann, Boeke was also named a Little All-American selection. A co-captain as a senior, Boeke broke into the starting lineup midway through his sophomore year and never missed a game.

This profile appeared in the 1985 Hall of Fame Banquet program.  Mr. Boeke passed away in September, 2014.