|School: Jefferson||Graduation Year: 1959|
Year Inducted: 2018
Sports Played: Football, Wrestling
High School Honors: 4 Football letters, undefeated PIL and State Champions Junior and Senior years; All-PIL and All-State as a Senior guard; team tackle leader as a Junior. Shrine Team member as a Senior, played all 60 minutes. Offered 6 full-ride football scholarships.
1 Wrestling letter, heavyweight.
Post High School Career: 4 Football letters at University of Oregon, played in 2nd Liberty Bowl; starting lineman final 2 years. Bachelor’s degree in Business, minor in Education. Coached Pop Warner football for 17 years. Award winning salesman in Insurance industry for 10 years.
35 years in Automobile Industry in management, ownership, and turnaround specialist.
I owe my success to one man and one man only, Coach Tom DeSylvia. He took me under his wing and taught me how to be tough and never give up. He knew I was a little concerned about taking on the big guys. He told me the bigger they are the harder they fall, I had no more fears after that. Thank you, Tom DeSylvia!