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|Jack Thompson |
Evergreen High School, 1973
Simply stated, Jack Thompson is one of the greatest football players the state of Washington has ever produced. Nicknamed the “Throwin’ Samoan,” he still holds all passing records at Evergreen High. He passed for 2,905 yards from 1971-1973 and 1,378 yards in the 1973 season. Thompson led Evergreen High School to the North Puget Sound League championship beating Kentridge 12-0. During his senior year, he led his team to the state semifinals, the first year of state championships for high school football in Washington.
After high school, he attended Washington State University and passed for 601 completions in 1,086 attempts, 7,818 yards and 53 touchdowns. He earned All-American Honors in 1978 at WSU and was drafted third in the ’78 draft. He was the first junior in NCAA history to pass over 5,000 yards. He is one of only two players in WSU football history to have his jersey retired. Thompson’s best year in the NFL concluded with 249 completions for 2,906 yards and 18 touchdowns.
As a quarterback at Washington State University, Thompson re-wrote the Pac-10 and NCAA record books. As a Cougar, he broke several NCAA records and was named to several All-American teams. In his senior year, he finished ninth in the Heismann voting and was inducted into the Washington State University Hall of Fame in 1987.
Thompson now tutors high school preps as the quarterback coach at Ballard High School and works closely with the Salvation Army in Seattle.