R. Vernon Huffman


IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1982)
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1969)


Richard Vernon Huffman was an American football and basketball player. He was born in Mooreland, Indiana and was raised in New Castle, Indiana. He played basketball for the New Castle High School team that won the Indiana state basketball championship in 1932.

He enrolled at Indiana University in 1932 and played both football and basketball there. He was an All-American in both basketball and football at Indiana and won the 1936 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the best football player in the Big Ten Conference. He played two seasons of professional football in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions in 1937 and 1938. Huffman graduated with a bachelor of laws degree in 1940.

Huffman later managed a dairy and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He received the Z.G. Clevenger Award in 1969, and was inducted into the Indiana Hoosiers Hall of Fame in 1982.

Vernon played football in 1933 and 1935-36 and basketball 1934 and 1936-37, also was captain in 1937. He also played baseball in 1934. He was the Big Ten Most Valuable Player and All-American quarterback in 1936 and All-Big Ten and All-American in basketball in 1936. Vernon won a Balfour Award and Big Ten Medal.