|School: Marshall||Graduation Year: 1972|
Year Inducted: 2018
Sports Played: Football, Track and Field
High School Honors: 4 Football letters, 2nd Team All-PIL as a Junior and 1st Team All-PIL and All-State as a Senior; on PIL Championship teams as a Junior and Senior; Shrine Team All-Star as a Senior.
4 Track & Field letters, PIL javelin Champion as a Senior; 2nd as a Junior; undefeated in dual meets as a Junior and Senior. Set a school record at 225’3” as a Senior (3rd in State).
Post High School Career: 4-year Football scholarship at Arizona State University. Presently owner of Keller Awnings & Construction, LLC in Phoenix, AZ
Growing up, I guess I was fortunate to live four blocks from the Boy’s Club. I started going
there when I was about nine years old. That is where I started my love of sports. I played everything from Ping Pong & Chess to baseball, basketball and football. I went every chance I could.
In eighth grade, I had surgery and did not participate in football until my Junior year at John Marshall High School. I went to Marshall at the best time with the best group of athletes. All my coaches in high school coached with discipline while always respecting the athletes. That is how I have tried to run my small business for the last 35 years!
I know a lot of people don’t look back fondly on their high school years, but I loved Marshall; I loved my coaches (Everett, Smethurst, Francine, and Monahan) and my time there being part of Marshall’s greatest football and track successes. This has led to a life long love of sports. I have coached my son in baseball, basketball, & soccer and have passed that love on to him as well.
After 45 years, people tend to lose track of the youthful memories—thanks for bringing them back.