Athletic Hall of Fame

Walter Church

Walter Church

Sport(s): Football

Graduating Class: 2000

Induction Class: 2017

Graduated in 2000 and 2008; Four-year letter winner for the EMU football team; Started four seasons as quarterback for EMU; Named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year in 1996; Earned the EMU Elton J. Rynearson Award for the EMU football player who best combines athletic ability and scholastic excellence in 1998; Named First Team Academic All-MAC in 1998 and 2000; Played in 40 games starting in 39 during his career and graduated with virtually every passing record at EMU; Served as team captain in 1999 and 2000; Awarded team Most Valuable Player in 2000; Earned MAC Player of the Week for his performance against Northern Illinois University on November 11, 2000; Became the first player in EMU history to eclipse over 8,500 career yards of total offense which also ranks first all-time in the EMU record books; Holds the longest passing play in EMU history with 89 yards to teammate Eric Powell at Western Michigan University on October 17, 1998; Set EMU records for total offensive plays (1,657), total offensive yards (8,628), pass attempts (1,441), pass completions (807), and passing yards (9,142); Owns or shares every passing record in EMU history with Charlie Batch, including attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns for a game, season, and career; Played professionally in the Arena Football League for two years, the arenafootball2 league (af2) for two years, and the United Indoor Football League (UIF) for one year; Member of the 2002 Arena Cup Championship Team Peoria Pirates along with four other former EMU players (Brandon Campbell, Lincoln DuPree, Jermaine Sheffield, and Jason Short)

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