has been a long time since Dionne Warwick sang the song "Do You Know the Way
Del Monte cannery was the city's
largest employer up until World War II when the economy shifted to industrial
manufacturing. The Food Machinery
Corporation (later known as
The San José area is the world
headquarters for Adobe Systems, Apple, Cisco Systems, Dolby, eBay, Electronic
Arts, Google, Intel, Intuit, Logitech, Maxtor, McAfee, National Semiconductor,
Netscape, Oracle, Seagate, Sun Microsystems, Symantec and Yahoo, just to name a
few. Major divisions of companies
In 2009, the city of
1921, the school became known as the
San José State San José United States
2008, SJSU received a CASE WealthEngine
Award in recognition of raising over $100 million. SJSU was one of
approximately 50 institutions nationwide honored by CASE in 2008 for overall
performance in educational fundraising.
Abascal, founding director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
and the 1995 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award
Beall, retired chairman and
Blair, artist, graphic designer and illustrator who helped create Disney's Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953)
Buckingham, guitarist and singer in Fleetwood Mac
P. Brown, 1964 (Masters in Sociology) former mayor of
Coleman-Morris, former anchor for CNN Financial News
Dalis, 1946, former Metropolitan Opera star and founder of Opera San José,
Tower Award 1974
W. "Chuck" Davidson, major Bay Area home builder, and chair of the
SJSU Tower Foundation
Deaver, influential member of Ronald Reagan's staff in
Dolby, founder of Dolby sound systems
Fossey, 1954 (Occupational Therapy) (1932-1985) gorilla researcher, author,
Gingold, vice president, Discovery Channel
Graham, internationally acclaimed sculptor whose work includes the Olympic
Grigorian, photojournalism, recipient of the 2002 World Press Photo of the Year
Guardino, president and
Henry Hoover, 1893 (1874-1944), first lady (Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. President)
Juhl, (1937 - 2005), head writer and producer for The Muppets and Fraggle Rock
Kordestani, Google's senior VP for Global Sales and Business Development
Ladouceur, coached De La Salle High School to a national-record 151 consecutive
wins from 1992-2003
Ming, former president, Old Navy
Moore, philanthropist and founder of Intel Corporation
A. Nelson, 1939 Political Science; 1960 Honorary Master of Arts degree; founder
of Earth Day, former U.S. Senator and governor of Wisconsin
Nofziger, 1950 (BA in Journalism) (1924 - 2006), aide to Governor Reagan,
advisor to Presidents Nixon and Reagan, campaign advisor for Steve Forbes and
Pence, National Science Teachers Association "Outstanding Biology Teacher"
Ernie Reyes, Sr.,
world-renowned martial artist
Professional Bowlers Association tour winner
Rollins, political strategist
Sheehan, pro golf
Tan, 1972 (B.A. English and Linguistics), novelist, author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter,
The Opposite of Fate, and others
Valdez, 1964 (English), prize-winning playwright, film actor director
Vermeil, former UCLA and Philadelphia Eagles' Coach
Bill Walsh, a member
of the 1952 and 1953 Spartan football team and legendary
Willman, 1978 (B.A. in Journalism), Los Angeles Times reporter who won the 2001 Pulitzer
Prize for investigative reporting
31,000 students attend the university. Popular
undergraduate majors include business, engineering, visual and performing arts,
biology, nursing, psychology, justice studies, kinesiology, journalism and
computer science. Roughly 23% of all
undergraduates are business majors. The
magazine cited San José State's computer engineering program as an "IT
School to Watch" in 2008. In 2007,
Business Week listed San José State's School of Art and Design as one
of the 60 Best Design Schools in the World.
San José State made the Forbes list of "America's Best Colleges"
in 2008 and 2009. Another
prestigious honor was bestowed upon the university when San José State was
ranked among the top 360 universities out of over 17,000 universities in the
world according to the July 2009 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
percent of San José State's nearly 200,000 alumni of record live in the San
Francisco Bay Area. The other 20 percent are scattered around the globe, with
concentrations in Southern California, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia,
Washington, D.C. and New York City.
SJSU graduates have founded, co-founded, served or serve as senior executives or
officers of public and private companies reporting annual sales between US$40
million and US$26 billion. Notable
companies founded by SJSU students and alumni include Dolby Laboratories in
1965, Intel Corporation in 1968, Specialized Bicycle Components in 1974, Oracle
Corporation in 1977 and Seagate Technology in 1979.
the university has operated the Survey and Policy Research Institute (
2007, an SJSU engineering professor and his students made headlines with their
development of the ZEM (Zero EMissions) Car, a Human Hybrid Powered Vehicle (HHPV).
The vehicle won the National I2P (Idea-to-Product) Competition for EPICS and
Social Entrepreneurship and is the first of its kind to be powered by human,
solar, and electric energy.
José State first featured a football team in 1893 and has won 16 conference
championships since 1932. San José
State was a national powerhouse in the 1930's and 40's playing as an
In 1939, the Spartans were 13-0. The
Spartans joined the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) in 1968 and won
eight league titles in 18 years (PCAA and Big West combined).
San Jose State was a member of the Big West Conference from 1988-1995
before becoming a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
San José State has appeared in eight bowl games, most recently in 2006
when SJSU defeated New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl.
Quarterback Mike Perez guided the Spartans in back-to-back California
Bowl appearances and was honored as the MVP in San José's 1986 win over Miami
of Ohio. In 1990, San José State
won the California Raisin Bowl 48-24 as tailback Sheldon Canley tied a NCAA
bowl-game record with five touchdowns against Central Michigan.
Additional Football Facts:
José State has produced 70 All-Americans, including five First-Team
of 2009, ten former SJSU Spartans are actively playing in the NFL.
1969 - 1995, SJSU earned more Big West Conference football
championship titles than any other team in the history of the Big West
1941 San José State Spartans football team served unexpectedly with the
Honolulu Police Department during World War II.
The Spartan team had just arrived to play Hawai'i in the Shrine
Bowl, but was stranded on the islands after the Pearl Harbor attack.
The team was employed to improve island defenses against a possible
Japanese amphibious assault and as guards for military bases on the island.
In 2004, San José
State defeated Rice 70-63 to set the NCAA Division I record for total points
scored and total touchdowns for a non-overtime game.
game played between San José State and Stanford is titled the annual Bill Walsh Legacy
Game, after distinguished SJSU alumnus, the late Bill Walsh. The teams first
played each other in San José in 1900. As of 2009, Stanford leads the series
49-14-1 with 60 of the 64 games played at Stanford.
SJSU's best success came when the Spartans were 3-0 against Stanford from
1981-1983, and again from 1998-2000. The
1981-1983 series pitted Stanford quarterback John Elway against his father, Jack
Elway, who was San José State's coach from 1979-1983.
Whitaker (1998-2001) is the career rushing leader at San Jose State with 3,515
yards on 602 attempts (5.8 avg.). Adam
Tafralis (2004-2007) is the career passing leader, throwing for 7,548 yards (603
of 1,027 for 58.71%) and also holds the total offense record with 8,111 yards.
Steve Clarkson (1979-1982) is the career leader for passing touchdowns
with 59. Kevin Jurovich (2005-2009)
holds school records for receptions in a season (85 for 1,183 yards in 2007) and
career receptions 160 for 2,143).
I'm going to get this count wrong
because there are so many Spartans that have gone on to the National Football
League over the years but I came up with 116
receiver Stacey Bailey was an all-conference selection in 1980 and 1981 for San
José. He holds the school record
for career receiving yards (2,223 on 123 catches) from 1978-1981 and had 10
100-yard receiving games in his career to tie another mark.
Bailey is one of the co-record holders with three touchdown catches in a
game (vs. Fresno State in 1981). Bailey
(1982-1990) was selected in the third round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Atlanta
Falcons. He played with the Falcons
throughout his career. Bailey
finished his nine-year career with 206 receptions for 3,422 yards (16.6 avg.)
and 18 touchdowns. He had great
years in 1983 and '84, catching 55 passes for 881 yards and six touchdowns in
1983 and 67 for 1,138 yards and six scores the following season.
Offensive tackle John Blain played for
British Columbia of the CFL for 11 seasons (1977-1987).
Blain made the All-CFL team in 1983 and 1985 and is a member of the
British Columbia All-Time Dream Team.
Linebacker Kim Bokamper was All-PCAA in
1975 and played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Blue-Gray Classic and the
Senior Bowl in 1975 and the College All-Star Game in 1976.
He was selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Miami
Dolphin and played for Miami from 1977-1985.
Bokamper was a member of Miami's "Killer B's" defense and was
selected to the Pro Bowl in 1979. Bokamper
started at right defensive end for Miami in Super Bowls XVII and XIX.
Bokamper had 12 sacks from 1982-1985 (the NFL did not keep sack
statistics prior to 1982) and had one safety and six interceptions.
Defensive back Gill Byrd is one of the
most famous ex-Spartans. Byrd was
All-PCAA and Honorable Mention All-America in both 1980 and 1982 and was chosen
to play in the 1982 Blue-Gray Classic and the 1983 East-West Shrine Game.
Byrd was drafted as the 23rd overall selection in the 1983 Draft by the
San Diego Chargers and played his entire career in San Diego from 1983-1992.
Byrd was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1991 and 1992.
Byrd was selected into the Chargers' Hall of Fame in 1998.
Guard Jim Cadile (1962-1972) was an
Honorable Mention All-American in 1960. He
was chosen in the 4th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Chicago
Bears and played 11 years with the Bears.
Linebacker Dave Chaney was an
All-American on the 1971 Associated Press team.
He holds the school record with 527 tackles in his brilliant career
Defensive Lineman Dan Colchico
(1960-1969) was chosen in the seventh round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the San
Francisco 49'ers and also played for the New Orleans Saints.
Quarterback Steve DeBerg earned All-PCAA honors in 1976. DeBerg (1978-1998) was selected in the 10th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys but proved to be one of the longest-lasting quarterbacks in league history. DeBerg played for 21 seasons in the NFL as a talented backup and started for the Kansas City Chiefs in the early 1990's. DeBerg also played for San Francisco, Denver, Tampa Bay, Miami and Atlanta. DeBerg set several records for completions and attempts in his first two seasons (347-578 (60%) for 3,652 yards and 17 TD's in 1979) with San Francisco but was moved to second string when Joe Montana was drafted. DeBerg was traded to Denver, which subsequently brought in another legend in John Elway. At Tampa Bay, DeBerg started briefly but soon played behind Steve Young and Vinny Testaverde. DeBerg was 308-509 (60.5%) for 3,554 yards and 19 touchdowns in 1984.
But Steve finally got a chance to start
again at Kansas City. In 1990,
DeBerg enjoyed his best overall season when he completed 258-of-444 passes
(58.1%) for 3,444 yards and 23 TD's against only 4 interceptions.
When DeBerg came out of retirement at the age of 44, he became the oldest
player ever on a Super Bowl Roster (45) for Atlanta when they played in Super
passed for 34,241 career yards (18th in NFL history) and 196 scores
(28th), and ranks in the top 20 all-time for attempts (5,024) and
completions (2,874), and yards passing. His best years were with the Chiefs,
during which he led the team to two playoff berths and had his best year in 1990
with a 96.3 quarterback rating, passing for 3,444 yards, 23 touchdowns and only
4 interceptions. Throughout his career, he was frequently noted as one of the
best play-action pass quarterbacks
lineman Charles DeJurnett (1976-1986) played for San Diego
and the Los Angeles Rams.
Offensive lineman David Diaz-Infante
was a co-captain on the 1986 Spartan team, when he was named All-PCAA and
Honorable Mention All-America. He
played guard and center in the NFL for San Diego, Denver and Philadelphia from
1987-2001 and also played in the Canadian Football League and the World League
of American Football. Today,
Diaz-Infante is an analyst for ESPN and ESPNU.
Linebacker Carl Ekern was selected to
the All-PCAA team from 1973-1975 and played in the East-West Shrine game his
senior year. He is the school record
holder with 11 career fumbles recovered from 1972-1975.
Ekern played in the NFL from 1976-1988 and had two sacks and five
safeties. He was an All-Pro
selection in 1986. Ekern died of head injuries on
lineman Wilson Faumuina was a standout player for the Spartans, earning All-PCAA
honors in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He
was an Honorable Mention All-America in 1975 and played in the 1976 East-West
Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Faumuina
was the 20th player selected in the 1977 NFL Draft by the Atlanta
Falcons. Faumuina played five
seasons for Atlanta and died of heart failure five years later at the age of 32.
Wide receiver Mervyn Fernandez is a co-record
holder with three TD catches in a game vs. Fresno State in 1981.
Fernandez played six years for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian
Football League and played for the Los Angeles-Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
Fernandez made an immediate impact as a rookie in 1982, finishing with
1,046 receiving yards and winning the CFL Western Division Most Outanding Rookie
award. Fernandez was a
two-time CFL All-Star (1984-1985), being selected as the 1985 CFL Most
Outstanding Player and is a member of the BC Lions Wall of Fame.
In 2003, Fernandez was voted a member of the BC All-Time Dream Team. In
1983, Fernandez again had 1,000 yards receiving but exploded for 95 catches for
1,727 yards (18.2 avg.) and 15 touchdowns in 1995 in leading his team to the
Grey Cup championship. Fernandez
became the first Lion to win the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award.
In 1986, he was finally persuaded by Al Davis to join the Raiders
following the 1986 CFL season.
In six years (1987-1992), Fernandez had 209
receptions for 3,764 yards and 19 scores for Oakland.
His career average yards per catch of 18.1 leads all receivers to ever
wear the Silver and Black. In 1988,
he led all NFL receivers with a 26.0 average.
In 1989, Fernandez had 57 catches for 1,069 yards and 9 touchdowns,
becoming the sixth Raider to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
Quarterback Jeff Garcia was All-Big West and
Honorable Mention All-America in 1992 and was chosen as the Outstanding
Offensive Player in the 1994 East-West Shrine Game.
He began his professional career in the Canadian Football League and
became the starter for Calgary of the CFL in 1996 and in three years, led his
team to records of 13-5, 10-8 and 12-6. In
1997, Garcia was honored as the Most Outstanding Player in the CFL Western
Division. He led the Stampeders to
the Western Final in 1996 and the Semi-Final in 1997.
In 1998, Garcia quarterbacked the team to the Grey Cup Championship and
was named Grey Cup MVP. He was also
selected to the CFL All-Star team for the third time.
Following the Grey Cup win, Garcia moved to
the San Francisco 49'ers. In 1999,
Steve Young suffered his final concussion and Garcia split time as the starter.
In 2000, Garcia set a new 49'ers team record with 4,278 passing yards
and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Garcia
had 31 TD passes and only 10 interceptions that season.
The following year, he had a career-high 32 TD passes, including 21 over
an eight-game span, and led San Francisco to the playoffs.
In 2002, Garcia led the ‘Niners to the NFC West title and playoff wins
over Dallas and the New York Giants. The
win over New York represented the second-largest comeback ever in playoff
history with San Francisco coming back from a 38-14 deficit to win.
Garcia played in the Pro Bowl for the third straight season in 2002.
Garcia made stops in Cleveland and Detroit
before becoming Philadelphia's starting quarterback in 2006 and leading the
Eagles to the NFL Eastern Division title. Garcia
went to Tampa Bay the following year and produced the third-highest quarterback
rating in the league. He led the
Buccaneers to the playoffs and played in his fourth Pro Bowl.
Garcia also played with the Oakland Raiders before going to the United
Garcia is one of only eight quarterbacks to
toss 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons (2000 and 2001).
The others are Steve Bartkowski, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre,
Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Y.A. Tittle.
In a little over four years, Jeff completed 1,249-of-2,024 passes
(61.71%) for 16,442 yards and 111 touchdowns.
All told, Garcia was 3,536-5,739 (61.6%) for 42,205 yards and 275 TD's
in his professional career. He
rushed for 2,140 yards and 26 touchdowns in the NFL.
His NFL completion rate of 61.6% is 20th in league history.
Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert was an All-WAC
performer in 2008 and played in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game.
Gilbert is the school record holder with 42 tackles for loss in his
Running back Charlie Harraway represented the
Spartans in the 1965 East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl.
Harraway (1966-1973) played with the Cleveland Browns and Washington
Redskins of the NFL. Harraway
enjoyed his best season in 1969 when he ran for ran for 428 yards and six
touchdowns and caught 55 passes for 489 yards and three more scores.
In 1971, Harraway ran for 635 yards (4.1 avg.).
He scored six touchdowns in both 1969 and 1972.
Harraway ran 822 times for 3,019 yards (3.7 avg.) and 20 touchdowns in
his NFL career. He also had 158
receptions for 1,304 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensive tackle Fred Heron was drafted in the
3rd round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Heron played seven seasons (1966-1972) with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Running back Johnny Johnson earned All-Big
West Conference and Honorable Mention All-America in 1988.
Johnson holds the school points record for a season with 116 in 1988 and
also holds the mark with 19 touchdowns in a season.
He is the co-record holder for most rushing touchdowns in a game (4),
which he achieved vs. New Mexico State in 1988 and also shares the record for
rushing TD's in a season (15 in 1988). Johnson
(1990-1994) was chosen in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Phoenix
Cardinals and played in the 1990 Pro Bowl. He
finished the season with 926 rushing yards and five touchdowns and had 25
receptions for 241 yards and was named NFL Rookie of the Year.
In 1993, Johnson was traded to the New York Jets and he finished second
in the American Football Conference in total yards from scrimmage (1,462).
He was one of only two backs that season to lead his team in rushing and
receptions. He had 821 yards and three TD's rushing and gathered in 67
receptions for 641 yards and a touchdown. Johnson
finished his five-year career with 1,046 carries for 4,078 yards and 21
touchdowns and had 177 catches for 1,513 yards and 5 TD's.
Defensive lineman Cody Jones earned All-PCAA
honors in 1972 and played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Jones (1974-1982) was
drafted in the 5th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles
Rams. He became a starter in 1978.
Wide receiver James Jones is the co-record
holder with three TD receptions in a game (vs. Washington in 2006).
Jones was selected to play in the Inta-Juice Classic in 2007.
Jones chosen in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay
Packers and is in his fourth season.
Running back Rick Kane played at Oregon before
transferring to San José State. Kane
was an All-PCAA performer in 1975 and 1976 and earned Honorable Mention
All-America honors in 1975. Kane
played in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season.
Kane (1977-1985) was selected
by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 1977 NFL Draft.
Kane gained 1,486 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in his nine-year NFL
career with Detroit and Washington.
Cornerback Dwight Lowery earned All-WAC honors
in 2006 and 2007 and was selected to
play in the 2008 East-West Shrine Game. He
holds the school record with nine interceptions in the 2006 season.
Lowery was chosen in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New
York Jets. Lowery is in his third
Placekicker Joe Nedney graduated at San José
State as the school's all-time leading scorer with 236 points, going 39-70 in
field goal attempts (including a school record 60-yarder) and 199-132 extra
points. He also punted as a senior
and sported a 37.8 yards per punt average. Nedney
was an All-Big West performer in 1992. Nedney
(1996-current) played in the NFL with Miami, Arizona, Baltimore, Oakland,
Denver, Carolina and Tennessee before landing in San Francisco.
Nedney has been the 49'er kicker for the past six seasons.
Nedney was 18-29 and scored 90 points in his rookie season in 1996 with
Miami. He enjoyed a phenomenal
season with Carolina in 2000, hitting 26-of-28 field goal tries (92.9%) and
scoring 104 points. Nedney was
traded the next season. He
was 20-28 and 25-31 in the next two years for Tennessee before coming to San
Francisco. He was 26-28 again,
including a 56-yard field goal in 2005, 29-35 in 2006, 17-19 in 2007, 29-33 the
following season and 17-21 last season.
In his career including this season, Nedney
has connected on 249-of-311 field goal tries (80%) and scored 1,083 points.
Wide receiver Mark Nichols was honored as an
All-PCAA selection as well as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1979 and
played in the 1981 East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Nichols is a co-record holder with three TD catches against Long Beach in
1979. Nichols (1981-1987) was a 1st-round
draft selection by the Detroit Lions in the 1981 NFL Draft.
He enjoyed his best season in 1985 when he caught 36 passes for 592 (16.4
avg.) and four touchdowns.
Cornerback Christopher Owens was All-WAC in
2008 and was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta
Wide receiver Art Powell (1959-1968) played
with Philadelphia, the New York Titans, Oakland, Buffalo and Minnesota.
Powell finished second in the American Football League in kickoff returns
with a 27-yard average in his rookie season.
He made an impact in his second NFL season with the Titans, catching 69
passes for 1,167 yards to lead the
Powell still ranks as the Raiders'
seventh-leading all-time receiver. In
his career, Powell was credited with 479 catches for 8,046 yards and 81
touchdowns and is 19th in NFL history for career touchdown
Wide receiver Walt Roberts (1964-1970) played
for Cleveland, New Orleans and Washington of the NFL.
He was a backup reciver, catching 67 passes for 1,218 yards (18.2 avg.)
and 9 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He returned 107 kickoffs for a nice
25.5 average and 72 punts for a 6.2 average.
Fullback James Saxon earned All-PCAA and
Honorable Mention All-America recognition in 1987 and played in the Blue-Gray
Classic following his senior season. Saxon
(1988-1995) was drafted in the sixth
round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
He also played for Miami and Philadelphia.
He gained 533 yards and scored five touchdowns in his career and also had
69 receptions for 515 yards.
Defensive back Gerald Small was an All-PCAA
player from 1975-1977 and Honorable Mention All-American for San Jose State in
1976 and 1977. Small played in the
East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl after his senior year.
Small (1978-1984) was selected in the fourth round of the 1978 NFL Draft
by the Miami Dolphins. He had seven
interceptions in 1980 to rank fifth in the league.
Small also played for Atlanta his final season.
In his career, Small had 24 interceptions that he returned for 380 yards
and a touchdown.
Running back Jewerl Thomas was All-PCAA in
1979 and played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1979 and the Senior Bowl in
1980. Thomas was drafted in the
third round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
Thomas enjoyed his best pro season in his rookie year when he carried 65
times for 427 yards (6.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.
He had 173 career carries for 783 yards (4.3 avg.) and four touchdowns
and caught 28 passes for 167 yards.
End Lloyd Thomas was an Associated Press
All-American in 1938.
Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich (2000-2009) was chosen
in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49'ers, where he
has played ever since. Ulbrich has
started 75 games and has 356 tackles, two career interceptions and a safety.
Running back Gerald Willhite earned All-PCAA
in 1980 and 1981 and Honorable Mention All-America in 1981 and 1982.
He holds the school record for the best career average yards per game
(107.5 in 1980 and 1981) and holds the school postseason mark for catching 18
passes (124 yards) vs. Toledo in 1981. Willhite
gained 2,364 yards in 22 games for the Spartans.
Willhite played in the 1982 East-West Shrine Game and the Olympia Gold
Bowl. Willhite (1982-1988) was
selected in the 1st round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Denver
Broncos. He was best known for his
receiving out of the backfield. In
1986, Willhite had 64 catches for 529 yards and three scores.
He was 7th in the NFL in 1984 with 974 all-purpose yards.
In 1986, Willhite was an All-
Wide receiver Billy Wilson (1951-1960) played
for San Francisco and was an All-Pro every year from 1954 to 1959 (six years).
Wilson was elected into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Defensive back Louis Wright made the All-PCAA
team and was Second-Team All-American in
1974 and was chosen to play in both
the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in 1974 and the 1975 College
All-Star Game. Wright (1975-1986)
was a first-round selection by Denver in 1975 and he played his entire 12-year
career in Denver. Wright was a
starter in every game he played (166) except one.
He had 26 career interceptions returned for 360 yards and a touchdown,
three fumble recoveries and two safeties. Wright
was a five-time Pro Bowler (1977-1979, 1983 and 1985) and two-time All-Pro.
He was named to the 1970's NFL All-Decade Team and is a member of the
Denver Ring of Fame.
Fullback Leroy Zimmerman was an All-American
on the 1939 Associated Press team.
Mike MacIntyre is the new football coach at
San José State. The past two years,
MacIntyre was the defensive coordinator for Duke.
Prior to joining Duke, MacIntyre spent five seasons in the NFL with the
New York Jets (2007) and Dallas Cowboys (2003-2006) coaching the defensive
José State sports teams have won NCAA titles in track and field, golf and
boxing. The Spartans have 10
national championships and have produced 50 Division I individual national
State has an international reputation for its judo program, winning 45 out of 48
national college championships in the sport.
The program was established in 1937 for the Police Studies Department and
sophomore biology major Yosh Uchida was hired as the student-coach.
Coach Uchida helped to establish a weight class system to allow students
to compete with other universities. Uchida
helped to convince the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to sanction judo as a sport
and San José State hosted the first AAU Championships in 1953.
Coach Uchida was the Head Coach of the 1964 USA Judo team at the
Olympics. In 2008, San José State
was named one of six National Training Sites by USA Judo.
Spartan student-athletes have won four gold medals at the Pan American
Games (including Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who would later go on to become a
United States Senator), a bronze and two silver medals at the Olympic Games and
a world championship.
SJSU garnered 17 NCAA boxing championship titles including three
consecutive national team titles (1958-1960) before the NCAA banned the sport in
alumni have won 18 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to
the first gold medal won by Willie Steel in
the long jump in the 1948 Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming,
judo and boxing. Charles Adkins won
the gold medal in boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics and Jill Sudduth won
gold in synchronized swimming at the 1996 Olympics.
legendary track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San José the nickname
"Speed City," and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans,
John Carlos and Tommie Smith (in photo). Smith
and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist salute
from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Evans
was a two-time gold medalist and world record holder in the 400 meters.
Smith won the gold medal in the 200.
the San José State baseball team has won three WAC championships (1997, 2000
and 2009). In 2000, the Spartans
reached the College World Series by beating nationally-ranked Florida and #5
Houston. Under Head Coach Sam
Piraro, the Spartans have reached the 30-win mark 16 times and have appeared in
the national rankings 48 times. The
team has fielded sixteen All-Americans including four first-team choices.
Four former Spartans are currently playing Major League Baseball.
San José State has sent over 80 players to the big leagues, including
pitchers Randy Johnson and Mark Langston and third baseman Ken Caminiti.
The SJSU women's
water polo team has earned a top-10 postseason national ranking nine out of 12
seasons beginning in 1998, and earned a top-20 postseason ranking all 12
In July 2007,
SJSU was selected by the United States
Olympic Committee as the primary processing center for all Team