APPLETON —  Scott Reppert stands alone in Midwest Conference football history. He is the only player from the league to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and has now earned a place in the Midwest Conference Centennial Top 100.

Following a record-setting career that placed him in the national spotlight, Reppert was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 in a class that included household names like Reggie White, Dan Marino, Ronnie Lott and Kellen Winslow. 

An Appleton native, Reppert is the fourth Lawrence University athlete to be named to the MWC Centennial Top 100. The conference is celebrating its centennial with the unveiling of 100 of the greatest athletes in league history.

A three-time first-team All-American running back, Reppert led NCAA Division III in rushing yards per game for three consecutive seasons from 1980-’82. He is the only Division III player to accomplish this feat.

Reppert put together seasons where he averaged 159.3 rushing yards in 1980, 149.1 yards in 1981 and 165.3 yards in 1982. Reppert’s career average of 134.6 rushing yards per game would be even gaudier, but he was a backup to All-American Bruce Barkwill in 1979 and had just 30 carries for 255 yards as a freshman.

Reppert led the Vikings to a 33-5 record and three Midwest Conference titles during his career. He also led Lawrence to its only 10-win season in 1981 and the Vikings were invited to the NCAA Division III playoffs that season. Lawrence posted a 21-14 victory over the University of Minnesota-Morris for the Midwest Conference’s first win in the Division III playoffs. Lawrence remains the only team in conference history to reach the semifinals (and quarterfinals) of the Division III playoffs.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Reppert ran 807 times for 4,442 yards for a 5.5-yard average during his career. He ran for 100 yards in a game 23 times (in 28 career starts) and 200 yards five times, including a 252-yard effort against Coe College in 1981. Reppert continues to hold the Lawrence record with 45 rushing touchdowns.

A charter member of the Lawrence Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame, Reppert had his biggest season in 1981 when he ran 300 times for 1,641 yards and 16 touchdowns. He posted the longest run of his career, 78 yards for a touchdown, in the 1981 NCAA playoff game against Minnesota-Morris.

Also a great kick returner, Reppert set a school record at 27.3 yards per return and still holds the mark for the longest kickoff return at 102 yards.

Reppert was named to eight different All-American teams during his career and was a first-team Academic All-American selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. 

Reppert also drew national media attention with profiles in Sports Illustrated and the New York Post. He garnered votes for the Heisman Trophy in 1982.

A four-year letterwinner in track and field, Reppert was a multiple placewinner at the Midwest Conference Championships in the sprints and jumps and a key member of Lawrence’s relay teams. Reppert also earned a letter in wrestling.

Reppert is an entrepreneur and has owned multiple businesses during his career. He lives with his family in Eagle River.