Santini had the luxury of throwing to the state’s best wide receiver in Eric Drage, but Santini proved as a senior he was an elite player as well, making first team All-State. When everything was said and done, Santini had the third most passing yards in Tucson history with 4,600 and was also a second team All-Southern Arizona defensive back. The 6-foot, 178-pound athlete completed over 50 percent of his passes his final two seasons and even punted for Santa Rita at times. The captain of Tucson Citizen All-City team chose baseball over football, though, because of his size and went to New Mexico before being drafted in the 20th round by the Minnesota Twins. His baseball career stalled with the Single-A Fort Wayne Wizards. Photo by David Sanders / The Arizona Daily Star.

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