Don Paul

Even decades after graduating, Don Paul is remembered as easily the greatest all-around athlete in the history of Fife High School. A star on both the baseball diamond and gridiron, he enjoyed an excellent dual-sport career at Washington State University before embarking on a nine-year career in the National Football League.

Paul's greatest fame came on the football field, where he could play both offense and defense and earned All-NFL honors in 1955 while playing on the second of three championship teams with Cleveland. He grew up playing for the 38th Street team in the Tacoma City League.

On the baseball diamond, he started for Buck Bailey at WSU and helped lead the team to a Northern Division title and a berth in the Pacific Coast Championships while batting .365 on a team that featured an All-Pierce County outfield of Paul, Gordy Brunswick and Bobby McGuire. All three made the All-North Division team. The following season the Cougars advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship Game, where they fell to Texas. Both Paul and McGuire received all-tournament honors, and Paul batted .300 that season after switching to third base for WSU. He played shortstop in the Oregon summer semi-pro league, joining McGuire to play for Bailey at La Grande and earning All-Star recognition.