Yo! Humphery named to University of Montana Hall of Fame

May 11, 2014

Yohance Humphery FootballHe has run for more yards than any other running back in University of Montana football history and now Yohance Humphrey of Eagle River is headed to the school’s Hall of Fame.

The former gridiron great will be inducted this fall.

Humphrey, of Chugiak High fame, played for Montana from 1998 to 2001 and still holds school records for career yards [4,070], single season [1,658] and single game [265]. He also led the Grizzlies to the 2001 NCAA Division-AA national title.

That national championship team was inducted a few years ago and Humphrey was good with that. But then the school called and said he was going in on his own.

“It was a team effort; the whole career that I had,” Humphrey told me. “All of us guys, we loved playing with each other. We loved playing football. It was an honor, really, to be amongst that class because the record shows … it’s a testament to the team. And then to get that call, individually, that was a surprise. It was nice to get that call.”

Humphrey will be inducted with fellow former running back Dick Imer, who played in the 1950s.

“It felt pretty weird that I was already inducted individually,” Humphrey said. “It’s a blessing and an honor.”

Humphrey was nominated for consideration by his high school coach, Tom Huffer Sr., who played for Montana in the 1960s.

“I owe him a lot,” Humphrey said. “And plus he kept telling me that he thought I had a chance to get in (the Hall of Fame), and now that has come true. It’s a great honor.”

Humphrey is still one of the most successful football players in Alaska history. He wasn’t heavily recruited coming out of high school and played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career.

“I wanted to make people sorry they didn’t pick me up,” he said. “I brought that to the mix and I thought it motivated me every time I took the field.”