Serra alum Tom Brady and former De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur are among the 100 players and 13 coaches inducted into the inaugural California High School Football Hall of Fame class.
The Bay Area legends are just two of the many from the region announced by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation on Monday as inductees, and all 113 will be honored in November at the Rose Bowl.
Brady, whose family name is on the San Mateo school’s football stadium, has gone on to win seven Super Bowls during his ongoing NFL career. Lynn Swann, another inductee, caught passes for Serra about two decades before Brady’s era and became one of the engines of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl dynasty in the 1970s.
Ladouceur ended his unparalleled coaching career with a 399-25-3 record, which included a national record 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2004. Joining him is a contingent of his former Spartans players. Maurice Jones-Drew played for the legendary coach from 1999-2003, while Amani Toomer predated the record streak, graduating in 1992 as a Parade All-American. DJ Williams, class of 2000, rounds out De La Salle’s portion of the class.
Representing Oakland Tech is a trio of athletes who all went on to professional football glory. Former NFL All-Pro quarterback and 49ers legend John Brodie also played at Stanford, and Harold “Brick” Muller was one of pro football’s original stars in the 1920s. Cal’s Marshawn Lynch starred for the school in the early-2000s and went on to stardom with the Bills, Seahawks and Raiders.
Quarterbacks were well-represented among the Bay Area’s contingent in the class. Norm Van Brocklin set the standard for passers in the 1950s after graduating from Acalanes. Sequoia’s Gary Beban is best-known for beating out OJ Simpson for the Heisman trophy in 1967, and James Lick alum Jim Plunkett won the award a few years later in 1970 while leading Stanford. He went on to capture two Super Bowl titles with the Raiders.
Former Pinole Valley star Gino Toretta earned his Heisman in 1992 after winning two national championships with the Miami Hurricanes. Before Dan Fouts rewrote NFL record books with the Air Coryell offense, he was a stellar high school player at St. Ignatius. Nello “Flash” Falaschi predated them all, graduating from Bellarmine before becoming a 1937 all-American at Santa Clara.
John Henry Johnson graduated from Pittsburg and then went on to NFL stardom as a runner in the 1950s and 1960s. Around the same time, Gino Marchetti created the archetype of the modern pass-rusher for the NFL’s Colts after graduating from Antioch.
Jack Del Rio attended Hayward before going on to a long career in football, and Roy Williams attended James Logan before he went on to become one of the NFL’s hardest-hitting safeties.
Non-Bay Area inductees include Jackie Robinson, John Elway, Reggie Bush, Warren Moon and Marcus Allen, among others.