Much to my surprise my father, Keith, played football. He was a quarterback. He worn the old style helmet similar to the one in the photo below.
Old Style Helmet for football
He was 5 feet 5 inches and maybe 160 lbs+ He probably weighed even less back then. He was, however, stocky built with strong arms and good shoulders.
On my visit to Gonzaga in 2002, I took in a display of football pictures on the wall of the hallway in one of their buildings, unfortunately, it was dark so my pictures are not very clear. I think you will get the idea.
Football teams for Gonzaga celebrated on the wall
On the right at the bottom of the bulletin board above, is a photo grouping of some of the players. My Dad, is the second from the right at the top.
Maybe between the two following photos one might be able to read the names and their positions on the team. (Click on the photo and it will open up into another window, remember to click your back button.)
Gonzaga Football line up for Keith’s team 1928
Football Gonzaga Keith’s team another look, 1928
He is the one in the middle holding the ball and facing to the right in the photo above.
If I have it right, he started out with the Shamrocks first as his team. Keith is the first person in the back row on the right in the darker shirt
Football: Shamrocks at Gonzaga
He later graduated to the Terrier Football Team. In the photo below Keith is in the front row with his arms crossed, fourth one from the right. He is looking straight at the camera with a very grumpy look on his face.
Unfortunately, I do not know what year this one of the Terrier’s was taken but I think it maybe have been 1929 because my Dad looks a bit older than the photo above? He is again in the front row second man in from the right next to the one in the lighter shirt and he has his arms crossed.
Terrier Football team 1928 – Gonzaga
Here are a couple of articles about the football team:
Football news for November 1928
More news about the football team in November 1928
Football Letters awarded to the players in 1928 Gonzaga High School
Here is his certificate awarding him the right to wear the Football Monogram.
Football Monogram – Keith Awarded the right to wear it!