Former Evergreen star Jack Thompson to bring Golden Football to campus Friday


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Photo courtesy Pat Thompson

Former Evergreen High and NFL Quarterback Jack Thompson will return to White Center this Friday, March 25, to present a commemorative NFL ‘Golden Football’ to honor his early years as a Wolverine.

Thompson graduated from Evergreen in 1974, and earned a football scholarship to Washington State University, where he became famous as the “Throwin’ Samoan” quarterback.  The most prolific passer in NCAA history, he threw for 7,818 yards and set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions, and touchdown passes.

Thompson also played in Super Bowl XVI for the 1982 Cincinnati Bengals.

“We are excited about this opportunity to celebrate a student-athlete who was part of Evergreen’s proud history with students today,” said Terri McMahan, director of athletics for Highline Public Schools. “More than a page in our history, Jack is a fierce advocate today for improvements to the athletics program district wide, particularly programs serving the youth of White Center.”

“Jack makes connections for our community, solicits resources, and encourages student-athletes to do well in school and commit to their programs, families, and communities,” McMahan said.

As part of the nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL started the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program to acknowledge schools and communities that have directly influenced Super Bowl history and impacted the game for the better.

High schools across the country, and around the globe, will be given a Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from the school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.

Thompson graduated from Evergreen High School in 1974 and earned a football scholarship to Washington State University. His career as Cougar quarterback earned him the nickname “Throwin’ Samoan.”  The most prolific passer in NCAA history, he threw for 7,818 yards and set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions, and touchdown passes.

A first-round draft pick for the Bengals in 1979, he has been inducted into multiple halls of fame and his No. 14 is one of only two football jerseys to be retired by WSU since the sport began in 1894.

Thompson received a business degree from WSU in 1984 and currently works as a vice president for Umpqua Bank in downtown Seattle.

Event Details: 

WHAT: Spring Assembly featuring presentation of NFL Golden Football by Jack Thompson

WHEN: Friday, March 25, 11:15 a.m. +

WHERE: Evergreen Campus: 830 SW 116th Street, White Center, 98146


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