William Wallace Wade
William Wallace Wade
Team: Special

William Wallace Wade '17
Sport:
 Special
Year Inducted:
1971

William Wallace Wade ’17 was a guard on the 1915 team that met Washington State in the first Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1, 1916. He made five other trips to the Rose Bowl during a 40-year career that stamped him as one of the great coaches of American collegiate football. He was 61-13 at Alabama and took three Crimson Tide squads to Pasadena. Moving to Duke in 1931 he was 110-36-10 through 1950, when he retired to become Commissioner of the Southern Conference. He took two Duke teams to the Rose Bowl including his famous 1938 club which was undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. Wade, who had a distinguished record during World War II, has been elected to the National Football Hall of Fame.