Wayne Rasmussen, an all-North Central Conference performer in three sports, became the 21st member of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame on October 19, 1985 — the day SDSU attracted a record crowd of 16,193 fans for a Hobo Day game against No. 1-ranked University of South Dakota.
A native of Howard, Rasmussen went on to play 10 years in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. Rasmussen earned all-NCC honors twice in football (1962 and 1963), twice in basketball (1963 and 1964) and once in baseball (1964). He led the NCC in pass receiving during the 1962 football season, and was the NCC Back of the Year in 1963, when he was also team tri-captain. Rasmussen played on the 1961-62-63 Jackrabbit football teams which went 8-2, 7-2-1 and 9-1, winning three straight NCC championships.
Rasmussen set seven school records and three still stood when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame: passes caught in one game, 11; most TD passes caught in one season, 7; and most TD passes caught in a career. He also had the records for the most passes caught in a season, 29; most passes intercepted in a season, 7; most passes intercepted in a career, 12; and most interception return yards, career, 110. Those had been broken by 1985.
A starting guard in basketball, he was named the Outstanding Player at the 1963 NCAA College Division tournament when SDSU won the national championship. The Jacks were 13-9, 22-5 and 14-7 during his three years. After winning the conference title in 1963, the Jacks hosted and won the Midwest Regional and went on to the national finals tournament at Evansville were State defeated Fresno State 84-71, Southern Illinois 80-76 and Wittenburg 44-42 to win the national title. Rasmussen scored 30 points against Fresno, 16 against Southern Illinois and 10 against Wittenburg.
Rasmussen also was a three-year letterman in baseball, earning all-NCC as a senior. He batted .323 as a sophomore, his best single-season average.
After leaving SDSU, Rasmussen played 10 years as a defensive back for the Lions. Two of his sons, Wade and Casey, played football for the Jacks.