|Class:||Class of 1952|
|Enshrined:||Inducted October 16, 1987|
Plourde was a key figure for the New England College Division championship team of 1951; the only team in New England, and one of only 17 in the nation, to go unbeaten and untied that year. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry during his three-year career at fullback. As a senior, he scored 55 points in six games to capture the state scoring title. Before the last game of the season against Arnold College, he was tied for the state scoring lead with Dick Allen of Middlebury College. On that final day of the 1951 season, Allen scored four touchdowns against Vermont. However, Plourde also scored four touchdowns and added an extra point against Arnold, thereby taking the scoring title by a single point! He finished his collegiate career with 1,055 yards gained, and was named All-State and All-New England his senior year. Plourde was also elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame's Southeastern Connecticut Chapter in May, 1987.