Men of Oregon: Football Players 1893-1993

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Men of Oregon: Football Players 1893-1993

(41 Articles, Go Fish-Get Hooked!)


(Three of these articles “lost” their pictures from a website migration and they will be back soon!)

–1.  Is Chris Miller The Most Influential Player in Oregon History?
Text Article: May 14, 2017
Darren Perkins gives good reasons why Chris Miller hasn’t been given enough credit for turning Oregon football around.


–2.  Chris Miller interview: Establishing the Mold For Future Duck QB Success (1983-86)
Video Interview: 
Jan 6, 2014
One of Eugene’s favorites talks to Kurt Liedtke about his days at Oregon.

Norm Van Brocklin in the NFL.


–3.  “The Dutchman” and the Original Vertical Passing Game
Text Article: 
June 17, 2015
Noah Smith tells us about one of Oregon’s greatest quarterbacks.


–4.  Former Player Tribute: Dave Cusano — The Man in the Middle
Text and Video Article: 
May 12, 2015
Norm Hightower brings us up to date on a great defensive player for the Ducks.


–5.  Former Player Tribute: Steve Baack – From Ducks’ Football to the NFL
Text Article:
 April 28, 2015
Norm Hightower interviews a Oregon and NFL player in-depth.


–6.  Former Player Tribute: Tony Hargain- Successful Wide Receiver to Business Owner
Text and Video Article: April 14, 2015
Norm Hightower gives a tremendous interview of an important Oregon receiver.


–7.  Brad Ecklund and the Original “Men of Oregon”
Text and Video Article: March 6, 2015
Jordan Ingram gives readers a treat with this highly interesting review of an Oregon player.

Color image of the cover of the Oregon vs. Montana November 3, 1934 Football program. ©University of Oregon Libraries – Special Collections and University Archives


–8.  Brad Ecklund: Oregon’s Greatest Center
Text Article: Publication date unknown
Benzduck chronicles a great player at Oregon and the NFL.


–9.  Floyd Rhea – One “Scrappy” Lineman
Text Article: 
June 5, 2013
Jim Maloney tells a story few know about a very talented Duck.


–10.  Don Reynolds: Before and After Eugene
Text Article: May 21, 2013
A multi-sport hero for Oregon in many games…


–11.  Don Reynolds Didn’t Just Play Two Sports…He Dominated Them
Text Article: May 20, 2013
The rest of the story on legend, Don Reynolds at Oregon.


–12.  Captain on the Field to Captain of Industry
Text Article: 
February 18, 2013
Jerry Thompson tells the story of a player who helped to build the team and then a company.


–13.  One-On-One: Oregon LB Tony Koker (1990-1993)
Video Interview: 
September 13, 2012
Kurt Liedtke offers this video interview of a native Oregonian who made his mark with the Ducks.

Oregon WR Joe Reitzug had arguably the best hands of any receiver in UO, and had a knack for making jaw-dropping circus catches


–14.  One-On-One: Oregon WR Joe Reitzug (1986-90)
Video Interview: 
June 14, 2012
Kurt Liedtke does a video interview of one of FishDuck’s favorites at WR.


–15.  One-On-One: Oregon Ducks LB David Massey (1989-93)
Video Interview: May 24, 2012
Kurt Liedtke interviews a Duck linebacker with some good observations.


–16.  Catching Up With a Long Lost Duck Superstar: Reggie Ogburn
Text Article: May 17, 2012
Kurt Liedtke has a tremendous interview with a great Duck at a tough time in our history.


–17.  Anthony Q. Newman 25 for 25 Real Talk
Video Interview: 
March 15, 2012
Jared Sawyer does a enlightening interview with a famous Duck–then and now.


–18.  One-on-One: Oregon offensive lineman Keith Gunther (73-77)
Video Interview: 
March 14, 2012
Kurt Liedtke does another legendary video interview as Duck fans can glimpse into the past.


–19.  One-on-One: Derrick Deadwiler (Oregon WR 1991-93)
Video Interview: 
February 29, 2012
A superb video interview by Kurt Liedtke.

Dave Wilcox


–20.  Dave Wilcox “The Intimidator”
Video Interview: 
Apr 2, 2013
On Nathaniel Genovia’s YouTube Channel is an interview with former Duck and NFL great Dave Wilcox.


–21.  Michael McClellan Highlight Video (Oregon WR 1986-1990)
Video Article:
 Jan 22, 2014
Kurt Liedtke unfolds the story of a receiver at Oregon that helped propel the Ducks to two important bowls.


–22.  Steve Kemp Interview: Safety Reflects on Big Games and Legacy of 86′ Class
Video Interview: 
Jan 7, 2014
Kurt Liedtke interviews a Duck who has some tremendous stories for the Oregon fan.


–23.  Claxton Welch Interview – Oregon Football (1966 – 1968)
Video Interview: 
 Oct 1, 2013
Kurt Liedtke has another tremendous interview with a beloved Duck.


–24.  Damon Griffin Interview – Oregon Football (1994 – 1998)
Video Interview: 
Oct 14, 2013
A favorite receiver of Oregon sits down with Kurt Liedtke.


–25.  Rory Dairy interview – Oregon Football (1986 – 1990)
Video Interview: 
Nov 4, 2013
A member of an important team that built Oregon football shares his story with Kurt Liedtke.


–26.  George Dames Interview – Oregon Football (1966 – 1968)
Video Interview: 
Nov 10, 2013
Interesting perspective given about the Len Casanova/Jerry Frei days.

Jordan Kent


–27.  Jack Rust interview – 60’s Lineman Reflects on Duck Days (1964-68)
Video Interview: 
 Dec 8, 2013
A player tells us about moving from Hayward Field to Autzen with Kurt Liedtke.


–28.  Former Player Interview: Jordan Kent (2005-2006)
Text and Video Article:
 June 4, 2015
Ashley Young interviews a very special athlete at Oregon.


–29.  Denny Schuler Interview – Oregon Ducks WR 1966-68, Defensive Coordinator 1986-92
Video Interview: 
Jan 18, 2014
A Kurt Liedtke interview with a former Oregon coach is very enlightening.


–30.  The Story of “Happy” Joe Lillard
Text Article: 
Unknown publish date
Benzduck created a superb article about a great Oregon player who was a victim of racism by conference in 1931.


–31. Shy Huntington: Rose Bowl Hero. Coach. Klansman.
Text Article:
Unknown publish date
This is amazing research by Benzduck that does not have a happy ending, but an important part of Oregon’s history fans should know.


–32.  History of Oregon Quarterbacks in Autzen: Early Years
Text Article: 
Unknown publish date
Benzduck pulls some very interesting names out of the past that you’ll recognize.

Kevin Willhite


–33.  The Enigma That Was Jim Evenson
Text Article: 
April 2, 2014
Jim Maloney digs deep into Duck lore to bring a great player to life for us.


–34.  The Incorruptible Mickey Bruce
Text Article: 
Unknown publish date
Benzduck shares an amazing story of an Oregon player who implicated the mob, survived and was outstanding citizen and representative of our beloved Ducks. This is one to read!


–35.  Heroes of The Suffering: Reggie Ogburn
Text Article: 
Published early 2012
This is an amazing recounting by Benzduck of the exploits of one of the most talented dual-threat QBs ever at Oregon.


–36.  The Kevin Willhite Story: The last time Oregon recruited the #1 player in California
Text Article: 
Published spring of 2011
This is the most thorough article by Benzduck about a celebrated recruit and his Oregon career.


–37.  LeGarrette Blount- A Special Story
Published December 30, 2009
Cody Hatfield chronicles the emergence of a superb RB at Oregon and then the NFL.


–38.  LeGarrette Blount: A Special Story Part II
Published May 10, 2010
Cody Hatfield was inspired by the turn-around of this unique running back for Oregon.

Ancer Haggerty


–39.  Tuffy Leemans: Hall of Fame Football Fullback, Halfback, and Quarterback
Published April 7, 2017 tells the story of a Duck who had quite an impact on the NFL from 1936 to 1943.


–40.  Portland busboy who became federal judge with reputation for holding government, defendants accountable retires: Editorial
Text Article: 
Published December 13, 2014
OregonLive created a superb article about Oregon Football player Ancer Haggerty, who played on both offense and defense for the Ducks in the mid-1960s, and became the first black judge in the District of Oregon. What an inspiring Man of Oregon!


–41.  Washington’s Huskies-A Team I Loved to Hate
Text Article: Published October 11, 2018
Retired College Coach Ken Woody has the unique perspective unlike anyone in the rivalry with Washington as he was a player for Oregon and a coach for Washington at one time. A tremendous article and part of our history at Oregon.


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