|School: Lincoln||Graduation Year: 2010|
Year Inducted: 2020
Sports Played: Football, Baseball
High School Honors: 3 Letters each in Football and Baseball. 1st Team All-PIL and Les Schwab All-star quarterback as a Senior. 2nd Team All-PIL as a Junior. National Football Foundation finalist. Passed for over 5,000 yards and 43 TDs as a 2-year quarterback starter. 1st Team All-PIL first-baseman as a Junior and outfielder as a Senior. Student Body Vice President.
Post High School Career: 4 football letters at Yale University. Starting quarterback as a Senior, scoring 16 touchdowns and leading the team to its first West Coast win in over a decade (#18 Cal Poly). Received the Robert Gardner Anderson team award for skill, spirit and pride in accomplishment. Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, 2014. Career as a venture capital and start-up consultant in New York City with Boston Consulting Group.
I heard Chris Berman speak at a football banquet in New York several years ago. His message was simple: the world is getting crazier, less certain and more complicated. Therefore, the game is more important than ever.
“It’s our job to protect football,” he said. “It’s one of the only things left that brings all of us together.”
Thinking back on the teams I was lucky enough to be a part of, in Portland and elsewhere, the ideas behind Mr. Berman’s statements are clear as day. Athletics provide us with mentors, role models and teammates that open the aperture and accelerate our understanding of how the world works. They create opportunities for us—even in under-recruited Portland, Oregon—to spend time in spaces that we never imagined possible. And most importantly they simplify the chaos. The team must do only whatever it takes to win the game.
Everything else—opinions, achievements, failures, etc.—takes a back seat.
Berman is right. Sports are more important than ever. I feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced a heavy dose at a young age, alongside many of you in this room.
To be sure, I have to thank a few specific people: