1999 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Warren Moon

Houston Oilers

Moon’s 23 years of professional football landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 — the first African American quarterback and first undrafted quarterback to do so. He became a college football star while at Washington before playing in both the NFL and CFL. He made nine Pro Bowls and seven playoff appearances in the NFL — most notably with the Houston Oilers from 1984-93.

John O’Brien

Semi-Pro

Edd Olson

Seattle Rangers

After attending the University of Washington, Olson played tackle and tight end for the semi-professional Seattle Rangers. He helped the Rangers to winning records in 1967 and 1969 as part of the Continental Football League.

Charles Mitchell

University of Washington

Mitchell grew up in Seattle before becoming a football star at UW, winning the 1961 Rose Bowl and becoming a member of the Husky Hall of Fame. He played six years in the NFL between the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. He later acted as the chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges from 2003-08.

Tony Gasparovich

Ingraham High School

From 1960-76, Gasparovich patrolled the sidelines for Ingraham High School football. He remains the school’s winningest coach with a 109-37 career mark. The Gasparovich Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor Tony and his wife’s coaching and teaching careers.

Ted Bell

 1998 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Kent Chisman

Seattle Ramblers

Chisman played semi-pro football with the Seattle Ramblers, winning the Best Defensive Lineman Award in 1959 and 1961. The Ramblers went 26-4 over a three-year span with Chisman on the defensive front.

Mel Davis

Semi-Pro

Royal Dotson

Semi-Pro

Claude Norris

Semi-Pro

Don Ridge

Seattle Ramblers

After attending Central Washington and Washington, Ridge played center for the Seattle Ramblers for five years. He’s well-known for his broadcasting experience, spending over 30 years  as a sports announcer for high school football and basketball.

Rick Redman

University of Washington

Redman, a 1995 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, was an All-American linebacker at the University of Washington. He led the Huskies to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1963 before playing for the San Diego Chargers from 1965-73.

John Boitano

Garfield High School

After playing football at Washington and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Boitano was the head coach at Garfield High School from 1957-68. He compiled four league titles and two state championships over that stretch, and later became Assistant Athletic Director for Seattle Public Schools.

1997 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Dave Krieg

Seattle Seahawks

Krieg is well-known in the northwest for his 12 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, spanning from 1980-91. He remains the franchise leader in career touchdown passes with 195 and he made three Pro Bowls during his 17-year professional career.

Don Larkin

Semi-Pro

Dr. Steve Bramwell

University of Washington

Bramwell played at the University of Washington from 1963-65, leaving the team with a number of records in punt returns and kick returns. He later graduated from the UW Medical School and became the Huskies’ team physician.

Jack Thompson

Washington State University

Thompson finished his career at Washington State in 1978 as the most prolific passer in NCAA history with 7,818 career passing yards. He shattered school and conference records, later playing six seasons in the NFL.

Leon Brigham

Garfield High School

Brigham’s Garfield High School football teams between 1928-38 won eight city titles, later becoming the first athletic director for the Seattle schools system. The scoreboard at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium — host of Seattle Reign FC and major high school football games — dons his name.

Rod Belcher

University of Washington

Belcher was a well-known sportscaster beginning in 1946. He covered UW football, the Seattle Rainiers, Seattle U basketball, and the San Francisco 49ers over the course of his career. He was also a contributor to the Seattle Times.

Bill Burnett

1996 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Norm Van Brocklin

Los Angeles Rams

Van Brocklin’s NFL career from 1949-60 included two championships and a league MVP award, playing for the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. His northwest ties are attributed to an All-American collegiate career at Oregon, quarterbacking the Ducks to their first Cotton Bowl appearance.

Curt Warner

Seattle Seahawks

Warner manned the running back position for the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-89, collecting three Pro Bowls and two AFC Offensive Player of the Year awards along the way. He helped Seattle to its first conference championship game in his rookie season and was later inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor.

John Whitney

Seattle Ramblers

A running back for the semi-pro Seattle Ramblers, Whitney won the team’s MVP award in 1960. He led the Ramblers to an undefeated 9-0 season.

Vic Markoff

John Prechek

Brennon King

Bill Seaman

Leo Donohoe

Dr. Keith Patterson

1995 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Keith Lincoln

San Diego Chargers

Lincoln played running back and punter for the Washington State football team in the late 1950’s before being drafted into the AFL. His pro career lasted from 1961-68, winning the AFL title in 1963 and eventually inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.

Herb Johnson

Seattle Ramblers

An Oregon native, Johnson attended West Point before playing for the football team at UW. After graduation, Johnson became a star during the 1950’s for the Seattle Ramblers and later played in the CFL.

Paul Mitchell

Semi-Pro

Don McKeta

University of Washington

Also a winner of the Seattle P-I Sports Star of the Year award, McKeta was an All-Coast halfback at the University of Washington from 1958-60. The Washington native was later inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame after a career in the NFL and CFL.

Ernie Steele

University of Washington

Steele played high school football at Highline High School before deciding to stay local and attend UW. His All-American Husky career at running back landed him on the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1942 NFL Draft where he played seven seasons.

Click Clark

University of Washington

Clark had a long career as an athletic trainer at the University of Washington, beginning in 1926. He’s a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame as well as the Husky Hall of Fame.

Don James

University of Washington

As head coach at Washington from 1975-92, James’ career culminated in a national title, six conference titles, a College Football Hall of Fame induction, and multiple coach of the year awards. His overall 178-76-3 record included 10 bowl wins — four at the Rose Bowl.

Georg Meyers

The Seattle Times

From 1949-84, Meyers was a mainstay of Seattle Times sports coverage and became one of the best-known sportswriters on the west coast. He also served in the Army during World War II and won a bronze star.

1994 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Kenny Easley

Seattle Seahawks

Considered one of the best Seahawks in franchise history, Easley patrolled the Seattle secondary from 1981-87. His accolades included four First Team All-Pro selections, 1984 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the retirement of his No. 45 jersey.

Dick Sharp

Seattle Ramblers

Sharp won the Inspirational Award in 1954 as a member of the semi-pro Seattle Ramblers. He later coached the Ramblers from 1959-63 and led his team to a 26-4 record over a three-season span.

Tony Softli

Seattle Cavaliers

In his extensive football career, Softli has taken on the role of player, coach, and executive. He was a linebacker at Washington before playing minor league football from 1980-85 between the Seattle Cavaliers and Eastside Express. He is currently an NFL analyst with Sports Radio 950 KJR.

Sonny Sixkiller

University of Washington

Sixkiller’s name remains in the top 10 of a number of UW all-time passing lists. He finished his career with nearly 5,500 passing yards and led the Huskies to consecutive 8-win seasons. He is now an executive with IMG College.

George Wilson

University of Washington

“Wildcat” Wilson was an All-American halfback at the University of Washington in the 1920’s, remembered most for his performance at the 1926 Rose Bowl. He is one of just three Huskies with his jersey retired.

Henry Bendele

Ballard Athletic Club

Bendele became the winningest football coach in Ballard school history, accumulating 125 victories from 1938-59. He lettered in both football and baseball at Washington State before moving on to his influential career at the Ballard Athletic Club.

Harvey Lanman

Pete Gross

KIRO Radio

For 17 years, Gross was the voice of the Seattle Seahawks on KIRO AM radio, often alongside Steve Raible. He also covered the Seattle SuperSonics and Washington football and basketball. His signature “Touchdown, Seahawks!” call remains a broadacasting icon.

1993 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Steve Largent

Seattle Seahawks

Largent was one of the original Seahawk greats — joining the expansion team in 1977 and playing 14 years in Seattle at receiver. He held every major NFL receiving record at the time of his retirement in 1989 and he was the first in league history to catch 100 touchdowns. He was a 1995 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Arnie Weinmester

New York Giants

Weinmester’s four-year career at UW led to a pro career in the AAFC, NFL, and CFL. While fullback for the New York Giants, Weinmeister played in the Pro Bowl in every season from 1950-53 before joining the B.C. Lions in their inaugural season.

Jim Zorn

Seattle Seahawks

Zorn teamed up with Largent in the early days of the Seahawks franchise to form a potent quarterback-receiver connection. He was named the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year after the team’s inaugural season and became the first Seahawk to pass for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons.

Bob Schloredt

University of Washington

Schloredt racked up a 15-2 record as starting quarterback at Washington, leading the Huskies to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1960-61. He is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Jim Owens

University of Washington

In 18 seasons at the helm of the Washington football program, Owens posted a 99-82-6 record and led the Huskies to three Rose Bowl appearances. 1960 saw UW claim its first national championship with a 10-1 record.

Vince O’Keefe

1992 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Don Heinrich

University of Washington

Heinrich’s long professional career was preceded by a dominant pair of seasons at quarterback for Washington. In both 1950 and 1952, he was named an AP All-American and led the NCAA in passing yards. He played for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Oakland Raiders.

Sam Buckley

Seattle Ramblers

A U.S. Army veteran, Buckley moved to Seattle and joined the Seattle Ramblers semi-pro football team. He earned the team’s Best Defensive Player Award in 1962 at lineman and was later a sergeant with the Seattle Police Department.

Dave Enslow

University of Washington

Enslow played offensive lineman for three seasons at UW, winning the 1960 Rose Bowl with a 10-1 record. He became the head football coach at Mercer Island High School from 1966-72 and also spent time as the school district’s athletic director.

Bob Hughes

Semi-Pro

Audrey Sprinkle

1991 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Don Allen

Semi-Pro

Nat Davis

Seattle Ramblers

Davis played offensive line for the semi-pro Seattle Ramblers in the late 1950’s. In 1958, he earned the team’s Best Offensive Lineman Award while leading the Ramblers to an 8-2 mark.

Tom Gibbons

Semi-Pro

Monty Holmes

Semi-Pro

Dale Lamb

Semi-Pro

Pat Lui

Semi-Pro

Don Mann

Semi-Pro

Phil Sprang

Semi-Pro

Elmo Hudgens

Seattle Cavaliers

Hudgens developed the Wallingford Boys Club football team into the semi-pro Seattle Cavaliers. His 44-year coaching run was highlighted by a 74-28-2 record from 1971-80 and the formation of the Northwest International Football Alliance in 1971.

Bill Nolan

Bill Sears

Seattle Pilots

Sears was a long-time presence in Seattle sportscasting, highlighted by a quick career with the big league Seattle Pilots. He also worked with the Rainiers and Seattle U and played a role in the city’s successful campaigns to host Final Fours at the Kingdome.

1990 PNW FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Hugh McElhenny

University of Washington

A member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame, McElhenny is one of the northwest’s greatest gridiron legends. He first garnered attention during his record-breaking two-year career at fullback for Washington. The 1951 All-American then played 12 years in the NFL, most notably with the San Francisco 49ers.

Bill Castrow

Seattle Ramblers

Castrow played and coached for the Seattle Ramblers after playing football at West Seattle High School. He won the 1959 Best Offensive Lineman Award and helped the Ramblers to a 7-2 record.

Jim Foster

Semi-Pro

Lowell Wardien

Semi-Pro

Roland Kirkby

University of Washington

Kirkby joined McElhenny in the UW backfield from 1948-50 after graduating from Edison High School. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1951 NFL Draft.

John Cherberg

University of Washington

Cherberg joined the Washington football coaching staff in 1946, later taking over as head coach from 1953-55. He went on to a long career in politics — at the time of his passing in 1992, Cherberg held the title of longest-serving lieutenant governor in U.S. history.

Ken Roskie

San Francisco 49ers

Roskie was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Washington, beginning in 1951. He served as a pro scout with the San Francisco 49ers for 20 years and also enjoyed a long career in law enforcement.

Don Sprinkle

Seattle Ramblers

As head coach for the Queen Anne Boys Club Football Team from 1944-48, Sprinkle collected three championships. He later took over at the Rainier Beach Athletic Club, overseeing its transition to the Seattle Ramblers semi-pro team and went 108-46-3 over a dominant span.

Pop Hagerty

Pacific Coast Conference of Basketball Officials Association

From 1930-74, Hagerty was a referee at the high school, college, semi-pro, and pro football levels. He also served as president of the Pacific Coast Conference of Basketball Officials Association.

Austin Seth

D.B. Parker

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