Spokane wrote:The best...
Yes I could go with Ryan Sandberg, John Stockton, myself, or even Steve Emtman. However I am going old school (my old school) with Gerry Lindgren
Gerry was the fastest high school long distance runner in America. His 1-mile time of 4:01.5 was the 2nd fastest in history in 1964 and #8 all time among American high schoolers as of 2011...just an all around class act dude
Thankfully Leaf or Stoffer were not from Spokane or they might have won. Nope, the winner of worst local athlete in Spokane history is Kevin Patrick.
He had an overall rating of around 4, (out of 100) The local news dubbed him as "The most overrated FB, OL, and LB Spokane junior varsity and varsity has ever seen"
Currently his best move is rover on the YMCA basketball court.
So who is the best and worst athlete from your hometown?
Lindgren is not a bad choice. A strange guy but one of the worlds greatest runners. Even was the first American to beat the Russians. I clearly remember listening to the radio that day. He would do anything to help the school. I clearly remember him at football games selling programs and anything else handy.
His coach wanted him to work on his kick cause he was getting beat at the end. So he ran from Rogers High School over to Freya, down Freya all the way to 29th ave on the south hill, across 29th down the hill across the Maple Street Bridge to Francis, then back across Wellesley to Rogers, that's probably about 20 miles up hill one way. After that Tracy had him do wind sprints. A month later he outkicked the Russians in Europe cementing his spot as one of the top runners in the world.
But remember there is an NFL Super Bowl most valuable player from here in Mark Rypien.
And how about that school principal that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1981? Was second in 77-78-80 and was the first to qualify with laps over 200 mph, Was USAC Champ twice. They didn't call him the "Gas Man" for nothin'