While Rypien, Rosenbach, Bledsoe, Leaf and Gesser very nicely fill out the roll call of legends stretching from Thompson to Brink and Halliday, there were nine who preceded them, plus a tenth who followed Gesser, that deserve a nod for their unsung excellence behind center. Each of them was a record-breaker and/or a conference, coast or national honoree.
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BUTCH MEEKER: Triple-threat all-league performer in early '20s; played in NFL for Providence; WSU mascot named in his honor.
ED GODDARD: First-team All-American in 1934, '35 and '36. Top 10 finisher for Heisman Trophy.
BILLY SEWELL: All-Coast and HM All-America in '41; first in nation in pass completions.
BOB GAMBOLD: 3-year star at QB from 1948-50 plus all-league in hoops. Played in NFL before coaching at WSU, Stanford and in NFL.
BOB NEWMAN: Record-breaker who earned All-Coast and all-conference honors in '57.
MEL MELIN: 2nd in nation in passing and third in total offense in 1960.
TOM ROTH: Field general of fabled Cardiac Kids of 1965. Led league in passing and voted second-team AP All-West Coast.
TY PAINE: Set school record for total offense as starter from 1970-72. 2nd-team All-Coast, 5,000 career air yards.
SAMOA SAMOA: Former JC All-American who became WSU team captain and offensive Player of Year in 1980 after ranking nationally in total offense. MVP of Hula Bowl. Drafted as RB by Bengals.
MATT KEGEL: Led Cougs to 10 wins, including Holiday Bowl over Texas, in '03; second-team All-Pac-10.
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