Former Steamboat Athlete Goes Into Hall Of Fame

tom-southall-234x300Tom Southall, who overcame a physical disability to become one of the best athletes in Colorado history, will be inducted this year into the “National High School Hall of Fame”.  Southall attended Steamboat Springs High School from 1979 to 1981, where he excelled in football, basketball and track and field.  Southall will be Colorado’s 22nd member in the National High School Hall of Fame, and the only one to represent Northwest Colorado.  Southall was born without his right hand and wrist, but was able to overcome his disability to become a two-time football player of the year in Colorado who lead Steamboat to the 1979 Class 2A state title.  He also set many records during his time in high school, setting a state single game rushing record of 412 yards in ’79, and the 2A state record for the long jump in ’81. His track and field teams won three consecutive state titles from 79-81 and Southhall was named the Colorado Male Student Athlete of the year in 1981. Southall also excelled in music while in high school, participating in both the jazz and concert bands as an all state trumpet player. After graduation, his sports career continued at Colorado College, where he led the nation in punt return yards and also set the NCAA Division III career kickoff return yards record. He was the MVP of his track team all four years while at Colorado College and set school records in the long jump, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. Southall is currently a teacher and coach at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado. Picutured: Tom Southall. (CHSAA file photo).

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