8. Fred Enke, Jr., QB, 1943

While he might carry the same name as his father, a legendary coach at the UA, Fred W. Enke, Jr., solidified his own place in Tucson lore through a career that reached the highest levels of success. The 5-foor-11, 155-pound quarterback started his career off with the Badgers, and he made back-to-back All-State teams in 1941 and 1942 and was named the high school football Player of the Year as a senior. Enke threw 11 touchdowns passes for the 1942 state championship team before heading across the street to the UA. As a Wildcat, Enke ran and threw for 2,973 yards and led the nation in total yardage in 1974 (1,406 passing and 535 rushing) to earn a spot on the Associated Press All-American third team. With seven UA records in hand, Enke headed to the NFL where he played seven seasons with the Lions (1948-51), Eagles (1952) and Colts (1953-54). In 1948, NFL commissioner Bert Bell told reporters "that lad will become one of the league's best' after watching Enke his rookie season. Enke racked up 4,169 yards through the air and 640 yards on the ground in his NFL/AFL career and was an All-Pro honorable mention as a rookie.

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