Football

Milt Woodard, a graduate of Stadium High School and the College of Puget Sound, was the Commissioner of the American Football League at the time of the merger with the NFL.

He is shown here presenting car keys to Matt Snell, running back for the New York Jets, for his outstanding performance in the Jets’ Super Bowl victory in 1969.

Warren Wood, one of the greatest football players to come out of the College of Puget Sound, began his football career at Sumner High School where he graduated in 1942. He then joined the Navy and following World War II, he enrolled at the CPS where he graduated from in 1950.

In his freshman year at CPS, he was the Loggers’ starting fullback and was all-Northwest Conference at that position. He started in the same position his sophomore year as well.

As a junior, Warren, who was 6’0″ and 230 lbs., was switched to guard because of a lack of good linemen. Coach John Heinrick said that Wood was a fine team player who offered not a word of opposition when transferred from the backfield to the line, and it was at this position that he flourished as one of CPS’ all-time greats.

A standout on offense and a tower of strength on defense, 1949 was a banner year for Woody in his senior season. He was a unanimous selection for Evergreen Conference honors and honorable mention on the Associated Press all-Pacific Coast eleven. United Press named him to their Northwest Small College team as well as their all-coast Small College team.

His greatest honor was his last as he was chosen to play in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl game. He saw plenty of action in the game that was played on New Year’s Eve of 1949 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, making a goal line tackle and stopping an almost sure East touchdown. A teammate on the West All-Star squad was Don Paul, the former Fife High School star who was completing his career at Washington State College. Warren Wood was inducted in the UPS Hall of Fame in 1966.

The Tacoma Indians, Tacoma’s first professional football team, played in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1946. Steve Slivinski, former University of Washington and Washington Redskins player, was the coach. The team’s top offensive threats included the dynamic Pacific Lutheran College connection of Marv Harshman and Marv “Tommygun” Tommervik. Other Tacomans on the Indians included Sig Sigurdson, Earl Platt, and Gene Walters.

Back Row from Left to Right:
unknown, Wally Zemek, Bernie Smith, unknown, Arvid Andreasen, Sig Sigurdson, Byng Nixon, Chuck Newton, John Tsoutsouvas, Earl Younglove, Harry Cusworth, Elmer Berg, Marv Harshman, unknown, and Al Davis, ownerFront Row from Left to Right:
Steve Slivinski, Marv Tommervik, Gene Walters, Dick Greenwood, Erickson, John Norton, and “Tip” Lockard

 


CPS and Gonzaga battle it out in a game
at Stadium Bowl in the mid-1930s.