Class of 1966
Inducted May 2010
Jim Langer is a 1966 graduate of Royalton High School and a 1970 graduate of South Dakota State University. Langer was an all-conference football and baseball player at SDSU and was an All-American in baseball in 1969.
Upon graduating from SDSU, Langer was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 1970, but was released to the Miami Dolphins where he played for 10 seasons, including the perfect 17-0 season of 1972. He was the MVP of the Miami Dolphins in 1976, selected as an All-Pro 5 times, and played in the Pro-Bowl 6 times in his career. Langer played in three Super Bowls and was elected on the 1st Ballot in 1987 to the NFL Hall of Fame. Langer has also been named to the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and member of the SDSU Hall of Fame.
Since his pro football career, Langer has amassed ten years of commercial banking experience, 19 years in the truck equipment business owning his own business, Custom Truck Accessories. He is a past board member of such organizations as the United Way, Red Cross, and Boy Scouts of America. Langer is a retired captain of the US Army Reserve. He has been married to his wife Lynda for 41 years and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.