East Carolina Adds Three Members To Athletics Hall Of Fame
Aug. 27, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina will enshrine three new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, including career ERA leader Dennis Burke, two-time Super Bowl champion John Jett and former All-America diver Dick Tobin. Former All-America quarterback Jeff Blake, who was elected to the hall in 2003, but was previously unable to attend induction ceremonies, is also scheduled to be inducted.
The foursome will be enshrined into the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held inside the Murphy Center on Friday, Oct. 5. The inductees will then be introduced to the public during the halftime of the ECU-UCF football game on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Burke has the lowest career earned run average in school history at 1.33. During his three years as a member of the varsity baseball team from 1966-68, Burke compiled a career record of 17-4 and helped the Pirates to a pair of Southern Conference titles in 1966 and '68. As a junior in 1967, he earned All-Southern Conference and all-state honors as he led the Pirates with six wins and 46 strikeouts. He also recorded the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history the following season, 0.91.
Although he began his career as a walk-on, Jett left ECU as the most decorated punter in school history. For four consecutive years he led the Pirates in punting and graduated holding two of the three best season punting averages in school history. As a member of the 1991 Peach Bowl championship team, he was named second team All-South Independent and received honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. After college he played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), where he won a pair of Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 and '95.
Tobin earned six All-America honors in diving from 1966-68 with outstanding performances on both the one-meter and three-meter boards. He is a former varsity record holder on the three-meter boards and was the first recipient of the Glen Dyer Memorial Scholarship in 1968. He qualified for the AAU Outdoor Nationals in 1967 and '68, and participated in the 1968 Olympic Trials. After entering graduate school as ECU, Tobin served as diving coach the 1969 and '71-73 seasons.
Blake orchestrated the greatest season in Pirate football history, leading ECU to an 11-1 overall record and a final national ranking of No. 9 in 1991. As a senior, Blake finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting, and was named second-team All-America and East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player-of-the-Year. His 3,073 passing yards in 1991 still remains a school record. Blake spent 14 years as a quarterback in the National Football League with seven teams, passing for over 21,000 yards and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1996.
Since it was established in 1974, 120 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and donors have been elected to the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame.