4. Bill Dawson, OT/DT, 1967

The 6-foot 3-inch, 235-pound Bill Dawson never made it to the NFL like his younger brother, but he was just as dominant on the line during his time at Tucson High. Dawson was an All-State offensive and defensive selection in 1965 and 1966 as he anchored the lines during the Badgers' back-to-back championship run. Dawson was an All-American in 1966, earning himself a spot at Michigan State. He went to East Lansing, Mich., on a wrestling scholarship, but only because the Spartans ran out of football ones. After playing on the freshman team, Dawson became the starting middle defensive lineman as a sophomore once he fully recovered from a broken foot. Injuries ended his playing career, though, and Dawson turned to coaching. He eventually became Tucson High's head coach in 1977. While he rarely lost as a player, going 23-1 his final two seasons, Dawson never had a winning season coaching the Badgers and went 15-35-1 in his five seasons in charge.

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