Sports Wall of Fame

Pete Vann

Class of 1951 – Pete Vann was perhaps the most accomplished athlete to ever come out of Hamburg High School. A gifted athlete, who excelled at football, basketball, and baseball, Mr. Vann went on to greater feats at the collegiate level. After graduating from Hamburg, Vann gained an appointment to Army, and became a star quarterback for the Cadets, under the of legendary football coaches, Earl Blake and Vince Lombardi. In December 1954, Vann was featured on the cover of “Sport Magazine” with the tagline, “As Vann goes, so goes Army”. Mr. Vann set several passing Army records, most notably, most completions, attempts, and touchdowns in single season. In Vann’s senior year, he finished 9th in the Heisman trophy balloting, given to the top collegiate football player in the country, and also set the NCCA record for most yards per completion (23.2) which he held for many years. Mr. Vann was also inducted into the Army Sports of Fame. Pete passed away in May 2010 at the age of 75.