Born on September 11, 1946
East Chicago, IN
Inducted On
May 5, 2013
Location Inducted
Merrillville, IN
Region Number
Hammond, IN
3-year varsity starting quarterback; 1962 - mythical state champions, First Team All-Conference, shared All-State Quarterback honors with Evansville's Bob Griese, and named to Chicago Tribune All-Star Football Team; 1963 - State Football Finalist, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, High School All-American, and Chicago Tribune All-Star Team quarterback; also a 4-year baseball letterman and a 3-year basketball letterman; only second athlete in HHS history to obtain 10 varsity letters; placed second in Hammond Times Athlete of the Year honors; member of National Honor Society and Student Council; received Lloyd Murray Scholarship Award for Student-Athlete.
University of Wisconsin 1969; Indiana University School of Medicine
Accepted athletic football scholarship at U of W from over 100 offers; turned down University of Michigan baseball scholarship to play football; with no varsity football permitted for freshmen, played on freshman team 1964, then became back-up quarterback for varsity 1965; starting quarterback 1966 and 1967; ranked #14 at U of W in career passing yards (2,064) and #9 in total offense in 1967 Minnesota game with 314 yards; had 3 games with over 200 yards passing; Honorable Mention All-Big 10 1966 and 1967; received Ivy Williamson Award for best Student-Athlete on team.
Started private practice in Sonoma, CA, 1978; named a Diplomat of American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 1979; served as Chief of Surgery 1984-1985, Chief of Staff 1986-1987, and Chief of Surgery 1987-1989 at Sonoma Valley Hospital; joined Grefenson ENT Clinic in Twin Falls, ID, 1995; since 1999, Medical Director of Sinus Center-Idaho and Allergy Clinic-Idaho; inducted into Hammond Sports Hall of Fame 1992.
Wife, Christine; children, Katie, Molly, and John.