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CARBONDALE — Jim Hart, a former quarterback and athletic director at SIU, was inducted into the Arizona Cardinals' Ring of Honor Sunday.

Hart played 18 NFL seasons, 17 of them with the St. Louis Cardinals, after joining the team as an undrafted free agent. He owns the Cardinals' record for career wins by a quarterback (87) and made four straight Pro Bowls from 1974-77. Hart was the NFC player of the year in 1974 when he completed 200 of an NFL-leading 388 attempts for 2,411 yards and 20 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

Hart set Cardinal records with 2,590 career completions, 5,069 attempts, 34,639 passing yards and 209 passing touchdowns.

He played three seasons for the Salukis in the 1960s, throwing for 3,779 yards and 34 touchdowns between 1963-65. His passing yardage ranks 10th in school history, and his 34 scoring passes are tied for sixth place with Kory Faulkner (2010-13). Hart, whose teams went a combined 8-21, also threw a school-record 54 interceptions. He is the only quarterback in school history to ever throw six picks in a game, doing it twice, against Youngstown State and Ball State in 1965.

Hart threw for 357 yards against Northern Michigan in 1964, which was the 12th-best outing in school history heading into the 2017 season.

The Evanston native also served more than a decade as SIU's athletic director, from 1988-2000. He hired a longtime Purdue assistant coach named Bruce Weber in 1998 to replace Rich Herrin. Weber won 103 games in five seasons, leading the Salukis to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995 in 2001.

It was the first of seven straight appearances in the Big Dance by the men's basketball team.


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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