Indiana football should be thanking Terry Tallen.
Tallen, a former Hoosiers captain in 1979 and 1980, is donating $2 million for the area around Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. The name of the complex will be the Terry Tallen Indiana Football Complex.
“We would like to thank Terry for his continued support of our football program,” coach Tom Allen said in a written statement. “He’s been a great asset to us over the years and we appreciate his generosity. The Terry Tallen Complex will have a huge impact on our current students and potential recruits. It’s great to have a guy like Terry on our team.”
The $2 million donation marks the largest by a former Hoosiers player ever. Tallen, a real estate and retail investor who started his own company, said he hopes current and former players will give back to the program in the future.
“I am a strong believer that being an Indiana University student athlete is an extraordinary opportunity and privilege, and I am a firm believer in paying it forward,” Tallen said in the statement.
Tallen’s Hoosiers in 1979 won the program’s first ever bowl game — the Holiday Bowl.