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Jay Novacek

Tight End

Jay McKinley Novacek

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



Martin, SD


University of Wyoming (1982-1984)


One of Wyoming's greatest athletes and a national record-setter, Jay Novacek is the second Cowboy inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. A consensus All-America selection in 1984, Novacek amassed 83 receptions for 1,536 yards and ten touchdowns in his three-year career. As captain of the 1984 UW team, he set an NCAA record for average yards per reception by a tight end (22.6). Revered for his tremendous blocking ability, the Martin, SD, native was a first-team All-WAC pick in 1984. The two-sport standout also broke school decathlon records in track and field. Selected in the sixth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Novacek played 12 seasons in the NFL. He helped the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowls wins in four years and made five Pro Bowl appearances. Novacek was a member of Wyoming's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1993.


Height 6'4

Weight 211

Career Highlights

  • 1984 All-Conference
  • 1984 Consensus All-America
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