guard and linebacker for the University of Washington Rose Bowl
teams in 1960 and 1961. He won All-Star honors as a linebacker for
both the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers in a 14-year pro
career. Later an administrator with the Seattle Seahawks.
All-National Football League end who played both offense and
defense, the Kent native has also been named to the NFL all-star
team of the 1930's. He also had a brief fling at major league
One of pro
football's all-time kicking greats, his career spanned 15 seasons
with the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and
Philadelphia Eagles. He scored 965 points on 179 field goals and 428
extra points while punting for a 40.8-yard average. From Tacoma, he
excelled in all sports.
A legend both
as a football player and an official. An All-America back with Jimmy
Phelan's University of Washington Huskies of the mid-30s, he played
in the 1937 Rose Bowl against Pittsburgh. Later he became one of the
nation's top football officials. As a referee he works two Rose Bowl
games and a record 14 East-West Shrine Games. A member of the UW
Athletic Hall of Fame.
one of football's great pass receivers, the two-time Washington
State University NCAA pass receiving champion, won All-America
honors twice. He gained additional honors as a player and coach in
the Canadian Football League with Edmonton. He also coached Houston
in the NFL and Los Angeles in the USFL.
University star went on to gain a place in the National Football
League Hall of Fame, largely on the strength of becoming the third
back in the NFL to gain 1,000 yards in one season with the Green Bay
All-American running back at the University of Washington in 1928,
he twice was named to the All-Pacific Coast squad and was elevated
to the National Collegiate Hall of Fame after graduation. One of the
state’s top attorneys.
Washington State University pass receiver who was named the 1960
Sporting News Rookie of the Year in the National Football League. In
an 11-year pro career, he had 356 pass receptions for 5696 yards and
34 touchdowns. He was an All-Pro selection several times.
Photo courtesy of David Eskenazi
William "Wee" Coyle
William Jennings "Wee" Coyle
quarterbacked the Seattle High School football team to an undefeated record
against high school competition. The team then went on to win the West Coast
Championship and followed up be beating North Division High School of
Chicago, 11-5, and were crowned the Interscholastic Champions of the U.S.
Coyle also played on the baseball team in high school (later renamed
Broadway HS) and in 1907 his teammates included Ten Million, Charley Mullen
and Charley Schmutz.
Wee started at quarterback for four years under the legendary Gil Dobie at
the University of Washington and from 1908-1911 the team was unbeaten with a
26-0-1 record. Coyle was captain of the 1911 team and was awarded eight
letters as a Husky: football (4), baseball (3), and track (1)---more than
athlete ever at the UW
While practicing law at Gonzaga University in 1915 he coached the football
team which lost 21-7 to Gil Dobie's Huskies in Spokane. Wee was elected
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Washington and served from 1921-1925. He
managed Seattle's Civic Auditorium from 1928-1953.
Coyle was born March 18, 1888 in Sutter Creek, CA and died October 1, 1977
in Seattle, WA.
mountainous man was a tower of strength not only on Washington State
football lines in the 1930s but also on several National Football
League teams thereafter. It was no surprise therefore that he was
named to the NFL Hall of Fame, the Citizens Savings Athletic Hall of
Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
as both a football player and coach were heaped upon this Gonzaga
University product. Initially, he was picked as an All-Pro end and
then voted into membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His
teams won six division titles and two champions during his 10
seasons as an NFL coach. A Spokane native.
One of the
finest guards in University of Washington football history. He was
an outstanding lineman for the Huskies during the Phelan-era in the
1930s. He was the first UW player to be named twice to an
All-America team. He also is a member of the school's sports Hall of
in all sports, he excelled in football at Washington State
University in the 1930's. As a Cougar quarterback he won All-America
honors from 1934 through 1936. He played professional football with
both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cleveland Rams.
Washington State University’s all-time grid greats, he picked up
many distinctions during his lengthy professional career, among them
his selection as the standout center in the National Football
League’s history. In addition to being the NFL’s Most Valuable
Player in 1938, he was chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and
the College Football Hall of Fame.
All-American honors for two seasons at the University of Washington,
he went onto play eight years in the National Football League and
served several more as an assistant coach. Later he became an
outstanding TV analyst.
Seahawks wide receiver and pro Football Hall of Famer. Career
statistics include 819 catches in 14 NFL seasons. Caught passes in
177 straight games of 13,089 yards and 100 touchdowns. All-pro in
1985 and 1987, he led the NFL in receiving in 1979 and 1985. He was
picked for seven Pro Bown games. He missed only four games with
injuries his first 13 seasons. Following retirement he successfully
entered national politics.
State Cougar who became a legend in the AFL where he won recognition
on five All-Star teams. In the 1963 season he established a league
record of nearly seven yards per carry with San Diego. In eight
seasons of pro football he rushed 3,383 yards for an average of more
than four and a half yards.
one of the best football players ever developed in the state, he was
a standout in high school at Kennewick, the University of Washington
and for 13 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning
two Super Bowl rings in the mid-70’s. Other honors include
All-America Mention, participation in the 1962 East-West Shrine game
and a member of the UW Athletic Hall of Fame.
Washington All-American tackle, he captained the 1938 Collegiate
All-Stars after starring in the Rose Bowl. Former NFL pro player
with Cleveland, he is a member of the all-time UW team and the
National College Football Hall of Fame.
electrifying runner on the gridiron, he was an All-American at the
University of Washington and went on to greater fame in the
professional ranks, earning a Pro Football Hall of Fame berth and a
place on the San Francisco 49ers all-time backfield. He hung around
for a long time in the pro ranks with great justification.
Being just a
little guy as football players go didn’t keep him from winning a
berth on Washington State’s all-time gridiron team. The 1925-27 era
was his, and veteran Cougar fans will never stop saluting him. He
was also an outstanding baseball player but spurned professional
diamond offers to play in the National Football League.
prep star at Seattle's Franklin High, he played collegiate
ball at Long Beach State before becoming a three-time
All-Pro running back with the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1974,
1975, 1977. Named one of the NFL's top 100 all-time players,
he retired in 1981 with the Washington Redskins. After his
playing days, he returned to coaching high school football
One of the all-time Washington State
Cougar football greats as a player and coach. He was named to the
International News Service All-America team as a tackle in 1948
following his three-year playing career. He also won the coveted J.
Fred Bohler Award for inspirational play his final year. He played
five years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, including two
Pro Bowls, and later returned as an assistant Cougar coach. From
Clarkston, Washington, he died in 1968.
All-American halfback from Washington State who spent nine seasons
in the NFL. An outstanding defensive player, he was named All-Pro in
1955 while playing on the second of three Cleveland Browns
championship teams. For five seasons, he played both offensive and
defensive for the Browns. From Fife.
one of Tacoma’s all-time top athletes, he was an All-State prep
football star at Mt. Tahoma high school. An All-America back at the
University of Oregon, he spent 11 seasons in the NFL starting as a
first round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, later with the
Buffalo Bills and seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Currently an NBC sports commentator.
linebacker for University of Washington teams in 1962 through 1964,
he won All-Coast recognition three times and also earned All-America
honors. His professional career with the San Diego Chargers included
nine years in the AFL where he won All-Pro selection several times.
Washington State University fullback from Renton High School who
rewrote the Canadian Football League record book. He is the all-time
rushing leader in the CFL. In 13 seasons, he gained 16,116 yards and
scored 134 touchdowns. He was captain of the Cougars in 1962.
After completing one
of the most illustrious sports careers in the history of
Washington high school athletics, Rypien brought his talents as
the nation's top prep quarterback to Washington State
University. During his prep career at Shadle Park high in
Spokane, he earned All-State honors in football, basketball and
baseball and led them to state championships in baseball and
The former Cougar
co-captain earned All-America honors in 1984 and 1985 and was
named the top quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference in 1985.
He completed his collegiate career playing in the East-West
Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
A sixth round
draft pick by the Redskins in the 1986 NFL draft, Rypien became
a fixture at quarterback for Washington, earning MVP honors in
the 1992 Super Bowl. His play also earned him two Pro Bowl
One of the University of Washington’s all-time great quarterbacks.
He led the Huskies to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1960 and
1961. Twice he won All-America honors and he was two-time Rose Bowl
MVP. In addition to numerous athletic honors, he is a member of the
National football Hall of Fame, the UW Athletic Hall of Fame and the
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
outstanding tackle on both offense and defense as an All-America
star at the University of Washington. He won numerous individual
honors as a Husky athlete and he is a member of the National
Football College Hall of Fame.
University of Washington all-time football stars, he further
distinguished himself as a pro standout with the Philadelphia
Eagles. He averaged over 20 yards on punt returns and still holds
the NFL single season record of 26.4 yards per return.
State product, he was a standout linebacker through eight seasons
with the New York Giants, then served six seasons as an assistant
coach before becoming a head coach in the NFL. One of Kitsap
County’s sports greats.
the 1950 Washington State University Cougars, he won numerous honors
as a collegian. He played eight seasons in the NFL, winning All-Pro
selection five times. He spent over 40 years as a player and coach
in the National Football League.
highly successful collegiate football career at the University of
Washington, he stepped into the National Football League with the
New York Giants and promptly gained fame as a defensive tackle. An
All-Pro performer during five of his six seasons with the Giants. A
top teamster union official from Seattle.
Recognized for his distinguished football career both as a player
and coach, he excelled as a high school star in Spokane, as a
collegian at WSU and a professional with the LA Rams. His coaching
career included a Grey Cup title with Hamilton in the CFL plus head
coaching roles with Calgary in the CFL and the Philadelphia Eagles
in the NFL.
One of the
University of Washington’s all-time backfield greats, he became a
legend with the Huskies, on the strength of a head-to-head
confrontation with the Stanford’s Ernie Nevers. He topped off his
college career with three professional seasons, then completed his
life in sports as a professional wrestler.
Jim Zorn, a
left-handed quarterback, is perhaps best known as the youthful and
charismatic leader of the then-expansion Seattle Seahawks of the
National Football League, for their first seven-and-a-half seasons.
Zorn was named NFC
Offensive Rookie of the Year by the NFLPA following the team's
inaugural 1976 season and was also the Seahawks' team MVP, throwing
for 12 touchdowns and rushing for 4 more. In 1991 he became just the
second Seahawk to be inducted into the team's "Ring of Honor", right
behind his favorite passing target, Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve
In the NFL, Zorn
threw for 21,115 yards and 111 touchdowns, completing 53% of his
passes. He also ran for another 17 touchdowns.
Zorn moved up to the
pro coaching ranks in 1997-98 as an offensive assistant for the
Seahawks under Dennis Erickson, and after two years in Detroit, he
returned to the Seahawks in 2001 as their quarterbacks coach, and
retained that position through the 2007 season.