Chuck Ealey

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 20, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WENSTRUP. Madam Speaker, I rise to congratulate Chuck Ealey, Portsmouth, Ohio native, on his induction to the United States College Football Hall of Fame.

Chuck was undefeated during his time as quarterback at Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth. He opted to attend the University of Toledo and led is team to 35 straight victories from 1969 to 1971 and three straight Tangerine Bowl victories during that span. In his final year at Toledo, Chuck was named First Team All-American by Football News, Third Team All-American by the Associated Press, and was a finalist for the 1971 Heisman Trophy.

Chuck later played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and led his team to a victory in the 60th Grey Cup in the 1972 season, earning the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player award along the way. His number 16 was retired at Toledo, and to this day, no other college quarterback has won 35 games in a row.

During his time at Toledo, in the CFL, and in his business ventures since football, Chuck has exemplified determination and integrity, and shown what it truly means to be a leader of a team.

Congratulations to Chuck and his family on his well-deserved induction to the United States College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022. I look forward to seeing where the future will take him.