Here we go. In just 44 days, the University of Arizona will take on BYU on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. We will be honoring and listing 50 of the greatest high school football players from the state of Arizona (not just Southern Arizona) who went on to play for the Wildcats until kickoff.
This list honors high school achievements only. Some went on to have great careers with Arizona and in the pros but many did not. Some still hold Arizona high school records like our first honoree, Ted Bland.
This list is not a countdown from No. 50 to No. 1. That would be a nearly impossible task. Again, it’s not a list of the 50 greatest players with the greatest impact at Arizona. That list is for another day.
Day 44: Tom Greenfield, Peoria 1935: Arizona 1935-38
Tom Greenfield was the third player from the University of Arizona to be nationally recognized when he was named to the First Team Little All- America in 1938.
A center from Glendale Peoria, Greenfield was named All- Border Conference at center in 1937-38 and to the All-Time Rocky Mountain Area (NCAA District 7) team. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and Curly Lambeau in 1939 and played three years with the team, including the 1939 World Championship team.
A dominating lineman (200 pounds) from Peoria, Greenfield bolted from the dismal prospects at ASU to Arizona where Tex Oliver was also dominating the Border Conference. He helped Arizona win two conference championships. When Greenfield graduated from Peoria, Arizona already had a 13-2 record against ASU and he helped Arizona outscore ASU 64-6 in the three wins he took part in on varsity.
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com