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Steve Bartkowski Inducted Into College Football Hall Of Fame

On Tuesday, the names of the inductees into the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame were announced. One of the inductees will be very familiar to Atlanta sports fans.

Steve Bartkowski, inducted for his accomplishments as a member of the California Golden Bears, played with the Atlanta Falcons as their quarterback for 11 seasons in the NFL. From 1975 to 1985, Bartkowski put up eight seasons of 1,000 or more passing yards, six seasons of 2,000 or more passing yards and three seasons of 3,000 or more. Bartkowski threw 154 passing touchdowns for the Falcons and had 11 rushing touchdowns.

In 1974, his last season at Berkeley left him considered the best quarterback in the West as he led the nation in passing. His junior year saw him throw for 2, 580 yards with 12 touchdowns, averaging 234.5 yards per game and putting together a 130.6 passer rating.

Following that season for Cal, the Falcons selected Bartkowski as No. 1 overall in the 1975 NFL Draft.

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