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Donald Nikles

Football (Inducted: 1977-78)


Donald  Nikles

Don Nikles established himself as one of the finest running backs in Lafayette history during a three-year varsity career under coach Jim McColongue. One of the East's better fullbacks as a senior, the Nazareth, PA native set career marks in rushing and carries that stood for better than 13 seasons.

He was twice named to the first- team All-Middle Atlantic Conference squad at fullback, and he won the MAC rushing titles in his junior and senior seasons with dramatic performances against Lehigh. In 1958, Nikles rushed for 108 yards on 28 carries as Lafayette battled to a 14-14 tie with the Engineers, with Nikles gaining the MAC rushing crown by a narrow margin. In 1959, Don again captured the league yardage title with one of the most impressive displays of running in Leopard history. The 190-pounder outgained the entire Lehigh team, rushing for 191 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries on power Lafayette to a 28-6 triumph. Following his graduation, he played professional football for one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.