Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2019 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1973

Professional Athletics, Business


Professional

  • NFL Minnesota Vikings, 1977-1984
  • Account Manager, Kraft Foods/Oscar Meyer

Honors/Awards

  • Outstanding Young Man in America Award, nominated by Michigan State University president
  • Canton Negro Hall of Fame
  • Stark County Hall of Fame
  • MVP in Ohio North-South All-Star game
  • Massillon Wall of Champions

Education

  • Washington High School - 1973
  • Michigan State University, B.A. - 1977

Athletic Achievements

Massillon Tigers 1970-1972

  • Led Tigers to 10-0 season - 1972
  • AP and UPI poll champions - 1972
  • Rushed for Massillon record of 1,393 yards in regular season
  • WHBC Stark County Player of the Year - 1972
  • First Team All Ohio - 1972

Michigan State University 1973-1976

  • Four-year letterman
  • All-American
  • All-Big Ten first team at defensive back
  • Two-year team captain
  • Defensive Player of the Year - 1976
  • Played in Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl

Minnesota Vikings 1977-1984

  • Started 103 of 117 total games
  • Total of 15 interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries - returned one interception for touchdown
  • Played in the first Pro Bowl game in London, England
  • Played in the first Thursday night football game on television
  • Led Minnesota Vikings in tackles and interceptions three times
  • Played in four NFC Championship games
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