The High-School Football Team Of The Century
Seattle Times South Bureau
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Pos. Player School Year Ht. Wt. . Portfolio
QB Drew Bledsoe Walla Walla 1989 6-5 233 . No. 1 pick in '93 draft, Patriot is youngest to reach 10,000 yards passing in NFL .
RB Joe Steele Blanchet 1974 6-4 210 . TB on James' first Rose Bowl team; UW career rushing leader until Kaufman arrived .
RB Bobby Moore Mount Tahoma 1966 6-2 202 . Three-time All-Pac-8 at Oregon; as Ahmad Rashad, went from NFL (10 years) to NBC .
RB George Wilson Everett 1921 5-11 200 . UW's first All-American in '25; won NFL championship with Providence in 1928 .
TE Red Badgro Kent 1922 6-0 191 . Played at USC; Pro Football Hall of Famer; scored first TD in NFL playoff history .
OL Benji Olson South Kitsap 1992 6-3 315 . All-American as sophomore and junior, left Huskies early for NFL's Tennessee Titans .
OL Mike Utley Kennedy 1983 6-6 288 .
All-American for Cougars (1988); spinal-cord injury ended NFL career in third season .
C Mel Hein Burlington 1926 6-2 225 . Pro Football Hall of Famer; his No. 7 jersey retired by both WSU and NFL's Giants
OL Turk Edwards Clarkston 1927 6-2 255 . With Hein led WSU to Rose Bowl in 1930; nine NFL seasons, on NFL's 1930s all-decade team .
OL Curt Marsh Snohomish 1976 6-5 275 . Late-blooming Husky went from All-Pac-10 oversight to Raiders' first-round draft pick .
WR Dave Williams Lincoln-Tac. 1962 6-2 205 . Ten TD receptions as UW junior, first-round draft pick, seven seasons in NFL .
WR Gail Cogdill Lewis & Clark 1955 6-2 195 . Owns WSU career record, averaging 19.6 per catch; three Pro Bowls in 11 NFL seasons .
PK Jason Hanson Mead 1987 5-11 183 . WSU's all-time scoring leader (328 points); averaging 100+ points a year for NFL Lions .
KR Terry Metcalf Franklin 1967 5-10 185 . With NFL Cardinals, Pro Bowler had KO returns of 94 and 93, and 69-yard punt return .
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE Pos. Player School Year Ht. Wt. . Portfolio
DL Steve Emtman Cheney 1987 6-4 290 . Outland/Lombardi-winning All-American led Huskies to share of 1991 national title .
DL Vince Goldsmith Mount Tahoma 1976 5-11 230 . National HS shot-put leader; two-time All-Pac-10 with Oregon; played five CFL seasons .
DL Mark Jerue Mercer Island 1977 6-3 229 . Move from NG to ILB opened door to All-Pac-10 senior season at UW, seven-year NFL career .
LB Rick Redman Blanchet 1960 5-11 225 . Two-time UW All-American played nine AFL seasons; voted to College Hall of Fame .
LB Michael Jackson Pasco 1974 6-1 226 . Led '77 Huskies to Rose Bowl; UW All-American also starred for Seahawks .
LB Chuck Allen Cle Elum 1956 6-1 224 . All-PCC Husky played 12 years in AFL/NFL, earning All-AFL honors at MLB for Chargers in '62 .
LB LaVerne Torgeson Lacrosse 1946 6-0 205 . Pro Bowler in five of his seven NFL seasons with Lions, Redskins .
DB Lawyer Milloy Lincoln-Tac. 1992 6-0 208 . Only DB to lead UW in tackles two years in row; now a stalwart in Patriots' secondary .
DB Clancy Williams Renton 1960 6-2 197 . All-American at WSU (1964); played with NFL Rams for eight seasons .
DB James Hasty Franklin 1982 6-0 200 . Only active NFL player with 20-plus interceptions (40) and fumble recoveries (22) .
DB Al Worley Wenatchee 1964 6-0 175 . His 14 interceptions (1968) for UW is still NCAA single-season record .
P Des Koch Shelton 1949 6-0 207 . At USC, led NCAA punters in 1952 (43.5), bronze medalist in discus in 1956 Olympics .
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos. Player School Year Ht. Wt. . Portfolio
QB Chris Chandler Everett 1982 6-4 210 . MVP of Freedom and independence bowls for UW, led Falcons to last Super Bowl .
RB Paul Arnold Kennedy 1998 6-1 200 . Highest-touted local prospect uncorked 100-yard KO return, 80-yard run as UW frosh .
RB Rick Fenney Snohomish 1982 6-1 240 . Strongest RB in Husky history; key to Orange Bowl win; five NFL seasons .
RB George Reed Renton 1958 5-10 205 . CFL Hall of Famer; ex-Coug all-time pro rushing leader (16,116) before NFL's Payton .
TE Mark Bruener Aberdeen 1990 6-4 250 . All-American, top tight end in UW history with 90 catches; in fifth year with NFL Steelers .
OL Brian Habib Ellensburg 1982 6-7 293 . Didn't make All-Pac-10 as Husky DT, but jump to offense fueled 11-year NFL career .
OL Travis Claridge Ft. Vancouver 1995 6-6 310 . Two-time All-Pac-10 performer started all 48 games in his four seasons at USC .
C Ray Mansfield Kennewick 1958 6-3 252 . Second-round pick from UW turned ironman in NFL, playing 196 of 196 games .
OL Jake Kupp Sunnyside 1959 6-3 240 . Member of Saints' 25-year anniversary team; 12 years in NFL; all-rookie team (1964) .
OL John Meyers Richland 1957 6-6 272 . All-conference Husky tackle played six NFL seasons for Cowboys and Eagles .
WR Mike Levenseller Curtis 1973 6-1 181 . Owns WSU record with 67 catches (1976); played for CFL champ Edmonton (1982) .
WR Paul Skansi Peninsula 1978 5-11 186 . Sun Bowl MVP as freshman, UW career pass-catching leader (138), nine years in NFL .
PK Jeff Jaeger Kent-Meridian 1982 5-11 189 . Kicked NCAA-record 80 FGs for Huskies and UW-record 358 points; 12 years in NFL .
KR Steve Bramwell West (Bremerton) 1961 5-8 150 . Owns UW mark for KO return yardage, No. 2 in punt returns; UW team doctor 1977-98 .
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE Pos. Player School Year Ht. Wt. . Portfolio
DL Laurie Niemi Clarkston 1944 6-1 251 . WSU All-American played five seasons at tackle for NFL's Washington Redskins .
DL Joe Phillips Columbia River 1981 6-5 285 . Ex-Oregon State, Southern Methodist nose tackle has played 14 seasons in NFL
DL Ron Holmes Timberline 1980 6-4 255 . Consensus All-American,line MVP of UW Orange Bowl win; NFL Bucs' No. 1 draft pick .
DL Chad Eaton Rogers-Puyallup 1990 6-4 292 . All-Pac-10 Cougar, drafted 7th, released by Browns, now a second-year starter for Pats .
LB Demetrius DuBose O'Dea 1988 6-1 240 . Lettered four seasons at Notre Dame, All-American as senior; played four NFL seasons .
LB Bryan Hinkle Central Kitsap 1976 6-0 218 . Undersized (180 as Oregon freshman) but played 12 seasons with Steelers in NFL .
LB Harland Svare North Kitsap 1948 6-0 214 . Ex-Cougar was G/E/LB in eight NFL seasons; coached NFL's Rams, Chargers .
DB Don Paul Fife 1945 6-0 187 . All-conference Cougar played nine seasons with Bears, Browns; 34 NFL interceptions .
DB Tom Greenlee Franklin 1962 6-0 195 . Went from All-Metro DB in high school to consensus All-America DE for Huskies .
DB Ray Horton Mount Tahoma 1978 5-11 190 . All-American as Husky, won Super Bowl ring in final NFL season (1992), with Cowboys .
DB Ken Greene Omak 1972 6-3 203 . First-round draft pick from WSU had 15 interceptions in four NFL seasons .
P Skip Boyd Chelan 1970 6-1 215 . Averaged 43.0 and 42.2 in final Husky seasons, including two 70-yarders .
Notes: Heights, weights from "The Pro Football Encyclopedia"for NFL players; from university sports information for all others. Year indicates final high school football season. The Times' all-century team was chosen after consulting with more than 40 coaches, newspaper reporters and editors and historians from around the state.
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