Induction Year: 2001
James C. Osborn of Fall Creek, Wis., was a football quarterback whose passing ability set records and earned him widespread recognition throughout his college career.
Mr. Osborn lettered twice in basketball, but it was in football, where he lettered all four years, that he made his mark at Wisconsin State University-Superior. During his career he completed 299 passes in 615 attempts, with 26 going for touchdowns. His passing yardage set an all-time Wisconsin State University Conference record at 4,056. In 12 games he passed for more than 200 yards, and five times scored three touchdowns in a game. During his senior year he was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-District Team. His skill earned him a professional contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Mr. Osborn earned a bachelor of science degree in 1968, with a major in physical education and minor in English. He taught and coached football for 10 years before beginning a business career in insurance and becoming a regional manager for Catholic Knights Insurance. At the time of his induction, he had been a member of the Lions Club for 25 years, and over the years had coached and sponsored numerous YMCA youth teams, sponsored and coached for the Badger State Games, and served as fund chairman for the Boy Scouts.