Earlier today Vanderbilt University announced nine new inductees to their Athletic Hall Of Fame, and listed among them is current Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
In order to be inducted to their Athletic Hall Of Fame, a unanimous vote by Vanderbilt's senior athletic management team is required.
Here's the full list;
Marina Alex, Golf: 2009-2012
Two-time SEC Golfer of the Year and first-team All-American. Now on LPGA Tour
Cathy Bender, Basketball: 1978-1982
Vanderbilt's first African-American female scholarship recipient
Jay Cutler, Football: 2002-2005
NFL star quarterback who was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and school record holder
Jeff Fosnes, Basketball: 1972-1976
Ideal blend of athletics as No. 2 career scorer upon graduation, Academic All-American, Medical School
Charley Horton, Football: 1953-1955
An SEC Player of the Year, All-American and star of the 1955 Gator Bowl team
David Price, Baseball: 2005-2007
Was the consensus national Player of the Year here and won the American League Cy Young Award
Larry Schmittou, Baseball coach: 1968-1978
Won SEC titles as VU's baseball coach and had overwhelming support from baseball alumni and fans
Aleke Tsoubanos, Tennis: 2000-2004
A three-time All-American and key member of 2002 VU team that played for NCAA championship
Stella Vaughn, Administrator: Late 1800s-Early 1900s
A well-known women's athletics/recreation pioneer at VU at the turn of 20th Century
Last night Jay Cutler passed Pro Football Hall Of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman for 1st all time in passing touchdowns in Bears' history. Cutler now holds the Chicago franchise record for passing TDs, attempts, completions and passing yards.
However turbulent his time in Chicago has been, he has put his stamp on the franchise.
Here's what Vanderbilt included on their bio of Cutler.
Jay Cutler became one of the foundation pieces that pushed Vanderbilt's football program upward in the
mid-2000s. The confident signal caller from Santa Claus, Indiana, was one of the most potent offensive
threats in the SEC, establishing many school records in the process. Upon learning he had diabetes he
began the Jay Cutler Foundation to assist young people overcome the effects of the disease.
• Only second three-time captain in program history
• SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 2005
• First-team All-SEC, 2005
• Three-time VU Most Valuable Offensive Back
• Establish numerous school passing and total offense records
• Threw for 59 touchdowns and 8,697 career yards, both records
• Last collegiate pass resulted in game-winning touchdown vs. Tennessee
• Lengthy pro career after being first round selection in NFL Draft, 2006
• Jay Cutler Foundation helps and encourages young people overcome the effects of diabetes.
The Hall OF Fame Dinner will take place on Friday, Jan.22, 2016, so in case the Bears are in the playoffs, Cutler should be able to attend the festivities.
I'll bet you didn't expect to check out Windy City Gridiron today and read the words, Jay Cutler, Hall Of Famer.