UCLA links: Gary Beban celebrates 50th anniversary of Heisman Trophy win

UCLA great Gary Beban, left, seen being interviewed by former Bruins QB Wayne Cook in 2015, will be honored during Saturday’s game against Oregon at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Don Liebig/ASUCLA Photography)

It’s been 50 years since Gary Beban won the Heisman Trophy and a lot has changed about college football from the Heisman ceremony that now includes a live TV broadcast and three finalists to the multi-million-dollar training facilities programs around the country boast. But as time wears on, Beban still believes the same values that won him the 1967 Heisman Trophy hold true in today’s game.

“The facilities have changed,” Beban said. “But I think it still takes the same characteristics and skills and coaching to produce a consistent winner.”

Beban will return to the Rose Bowl on Saturday when he will be honored during the game for the 50th anniversary of his Heisman Trophy.

The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium wearing blue will receive a special edition Gary Beban Collector’s Coin and he will be signing autographs before the game in the Fan Zone from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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  • Sean Zavala

    What a great leader and player Gary Beban was..

    • Richard

      That’s why he’s called ****THE GREAT ONE****

      • Sean Zavala

        Gene block can’t hire athletic director’s ..
        Dan guerrero can’t hire..

        • Sean Zavala

          Who hired Gene Block….

        • Richard

          Your assumption is that it is very easy to find an AD and FB HC who will be HIGHLY successful ????
          Great FB coaches are just dying to come to UCLA, right ????

  • Richard

    Over my most strenuous objection some of you out there have been bagging on Nate Meadors mercilessly! Think it was “Kosh” and others.
    Well, have a big helping of Black Bird he’s rated the #4 CB in CFB.

    U guys prob said the same thing about Fabian Moreau, rookie starting CB for the Redskins as well.

  • Sean Zavala

    Gary Beban should have a statue at UCLA..

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Does any actual game footage of UCLA’s last Heisman winner still exist?
    I have heard newsreels were pretty popular back then.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    What an embarrassment this team is to Beban’s legacy. Hope Mora does the right thing and goes Gary Anderson soon. We may not win another game.