By Ryan Carreon, Deseret News
Published: Friday, Nov. 23 2012 9:25 a.m. MST
This is an interesting article, but it would be more meaningful if you included
what they're doing now. Some are productive in later life, some are not.
Ray Groth became a successful high school coach. He was the head coach at
Skyline, Granger, Highland and Tooele High Schools and was an assistant coach at
a few others. Gifford Nielsen I know became a broadcaster for the
Oilers.But yes, a where are they now thing would be interesting...
Great article. It must have taken a lot of work. The other comments seem to be
focused on what the article doesn't offer. My primary comment is to say
that what the article does offer, is quite interesting. I'm not going to
take a gift like this and wish it were something more. An article about where
are they now, for 76 players, would have taken a prohibitively enormous amount
of work. Thanks for the piece. I also think it is a great thing to
spotlight players from times gone by. At one time, each of those players was a
star at the college level, and brought a lot of happiness to the people in this
state. I think it is interesting that a couple of the players made a comeback
during the strick season in the late 80s. I love second chances.Looking forward to the next pieces in this series. I expect Marc Wilson to be
in there, in the 1980s draftees. It's too bad we don't get to see the
draftees from the 1960s, to read again about Merlin Olsen, that never gets old.
At least he got a mention as Phil's brother, in this piece.
A couple of players who were left off the list. Walt Love 1973 Westminster
College drafted in the 10th round by the New York Giants. Played one year before
injuries kept him from continuing. Len Walterscheid 1975 drafted by Chicago
Bears played three seasons I believe.
Ike Spencer is a successful and well-loved Jr High School Principal teaching in
the Salt lake Valley.
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