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DeSylvia , Tom
Tom Desylvia played offensive and defensive line for Oregon State University's football team from 1946 to 1949 where he was a second team All-Coast star and also earned honorable mention All-American honors after the 1949 season. DeSylvia served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 before playing college football. Additionally, DeSylvia was team captain his senior year, and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 24th round of the 1950 NFL draft. After college he made a name for himself as one of Oregon's legendary high school coaches at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. While at Jefferson he coached wrestling, basketball, track and football. He won three state football titles while coaching outstanding players such as Terry Baker, Mel Renfro and Raye Renfro. DeSylvia won seven Portland Interscholastic League football championships, and was twice voted PIL coach of the year. He was the head football coach at Portland State University in 1962 with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses. DeSylvia was the Man of the Year at the 1959 Hayward Banquet, was awarded the 1982 Martin Luther King Award for Human Rights, and was enshrined into the National Football Hall of Fame Walk of Champions in 1988. In 1994, he was inducted into the Oregon State University Hall of Fame and he was also inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He died in 2002.