HOF 1966 Don Whitney

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Don Whitney

  • Attended schools in the Athena District through his junior year in high school

  • He was active in student government, played the cornet and tuba and sang in the choir

  • Athletic Accomplishments:

    • He started at quarterback and defensive halfback

    • As a started in basketball with his brother Jim, the team finished 2nd in the state in 1964

    • He also excelled in Baseball and Track

    • Attended Oregon State in 1966 he became a starting defensive back as a sophomore in the fall of 1967

    • He played under the famous Head Coach Dee Andros where he remained a starter through 1969

    • The 1967 team became known as the "Giant Killers" highlighted by a 3-0 victory over #1 USC and ended the season ranked 8th in the nation (only one other Oregon State football team has finished higher)

  • While in college, was a member of the college student senate as well as studying abroad in England an Japan

  • In 1971 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Oregon State University

  • Earned a Master's Degree in Religion from Claremont College in Claremont California

  • Married for the first time at age 48 and is the proud father of a 5-year old son

Don Whitney