Chad Pennington is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever take the field for the Marshall Thundering Herd. Now, Pennington will forever be enshrined in greatness in Huntington, West Virginia.
It was announced by WSAZ in Huntington that Veterans Memorial Boulevard would be renamed “Chad Pennington Way” as a nod to one of the best quarterbacks to ever strap up for Bob Pruett’s dominant teams of the late 1990s.
“The reason that the name of the street will be called the Chad Pennington Way, we would like people to emulate Chad and do things in their life the Chad Pennington way,” Councilman David Ball said. “He’s done it properly, we’re very proud of Chad.”
During his career with the Herd, Pennington led them to an appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA National championship game during his true freshman season in 1995 and then three straight MAC championships and three consecutive double-digit win seasons from 1997-1999, a year after he redshirted to incoming Florida transfer Eric Kresser.
He finished his career with 13,423 yards and 115 touchdowns against just 45 interceptions. During his senior year in 1999, he was 275-405 with a MAC-leading 3,799 yards and 37 touchdowns, which helped him finish fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest a Marshall player has ever placed.
That year, he helped the Thundering Herd finish undefeated for the first time in school history and helped them win their third straight MAC title in as many years as a member of Division I-A. They also reached their highest-ever ranking since moving up to the now-FBS as they were tenth in the nation after a win in the Motor City Bowl.
There is probably not one Marshall player more deserving of this great honor.