Jay C. True
Graduation Year: 1981
Induction Year: 1997
Sport (s): Football

Jay True, a product of Bloomington, Ind., was a Rector Scholar and one of DePauw's most outstanding football wide receivers. By the time he had completed his four year-career, he had been selected NCAA Division III All-American twice; First Team Academic All-American; MVP three times; and named MVP of the 1980 Monon Bell Game. He set seven school records: most receptions in a game-16; most receptions in a season-65; most receptions in a career-195; most receiving yards in a game-201; most receiving yards in a season-941; and most receiving yards in a career-2,573. As a junior he began receiving attention from several professional teams, notably the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. Asked about all the attention True said, "Of course I'm flattered, but I must think realistically. I am only 5'9" and 150 pounds. I cannot really see myself on the pro football field." Following graduation, he spent two years teaching math and coaching basketball, baseball and football at St. Francis DeSales High School in Chicago. He left to earn an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1985. After working for Cadillac Motor Car Division for 11 years, he joined Fleetwood Homes in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1996 as retail marketing manager. He has been active in coaching and officiating in his daughters' pee wee baseball, basketball and soccer leagues. True resides in Florida with his wife, Jennifer; and their two children, Madison and Taylor.