Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2020 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1971

Professional Athletics, Business


  • Advertising sales at radio station WWJ, Detroit
  • TV sales at station WDIV, Detroit
  • Syndication sales and vice president with KINGWORLD Productions in Chicago & New York (programs such as Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Oprah)
  • California real estate


  • Washington High School - 1971
  • University of Michigan - 1972-1974

Athletic Achievements


  • Two-time starting quarterback under Bob Commings
  • Led Massillon to a 10-0 record, outscoring opponents 412-29 (1970)
  • Led his team to a 22-3 comeback victory agains state #1 ranked Niles
  • Scored all three touchdowns in a 22-0 victory over Warren Harding
  • Produced four touchdowns against Trotwood Madison
  • 28-0 victory over previously undefeated Canton McKinley, state champions (1970)

University of Michigan

  • Recruited by legendary University of Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler
  • Started for the Wolverines three seasons (1972-1974)
  • First African-American starter at quarterback for Michigan
  • Compiled a 30-2-1 record as a starter at Michigan
  • Shared the Big Ten Championship all three seasons
  • Ran for 1,212 yards and passed for 2,285 yards in his career
  • Named to the first team All-Big Ten Team
  • Finished sixth in the 1974 Heisman Trophy voting

Professional Football

  • Drafted in the sixth round by the NFL Detroit Lions 1975, 1975-1976
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