The Week Ahead At Cal State Northridge

Oct. 26, 2008

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The Week Ahead at Cal State Northridge ...
John Elway drops by the neighborhood ... Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his weekly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches, and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge.

Elway Episode ...
It doesn't happen very often when a living legend drops by the neighborhood ... But that's what happened last week when NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and former Stanford University great John Elway dropped by his alma mater, Granada Hills High School (located up the road from Cal State Northridge), to conduct a two-hour taped interview for a new ESPN television show called "Homecoming" ... An overflow crowd packed into the tiny Granada Hills gymnasium as Elway reminiscenced, in great detail, about his life as a youngster to his days as a champion high school football and baseball star at Granada Hills HS, then his ascent to Stanford University where he laid claim as one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback in collegiate football history, and finally a highly successful career as a two-time Super Bowl quarterback winner for the Denver Broncos ... During the interview which was conducted by famed sportswriter Rick Reilly, Elway also recounted his close relationship with his father, Jack Elway, who was the head football coach at Cal State Northridge (1976-78) ... John says he remembers all the strong values of life, on-and-off the field, that his father instilled while he was growing up ... "Being a coaches' son had some distinct advantages. As a young boy, being able to hang around the lockerroom and being around all the teams he coached ... that helped me to decide that I wanted to be an athlete. My dad, along with my mom, created a very competitive atmosphere. I remember going to Shakey's Pizza (still on Reseda Blvd) after my football games, and always asking my dad for his evaluation. Then as a pro, my dad was always supportive especially when things got rough. It was great to call my dad after every game and learn from his football expertise." ... Jack Elway coached the Matadors to a 20-11-1 record in three seasons including an 8-3 record in 1976 and a 7-3-1 mark in 1977 ... For his coaching efforts, Jack Elway was inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame in 1995 ... Jack Elway passed away in 2001, but John remembers his late father every day ... That relationship was special ... "My father was great to be around. I miss him to this day. It still hurts not to have him around. I was fortunate to have him as my dad."

Jack's Journey ...
After leaving as CSUN's head football coach in 1978, Jack Elway was the head coach at San Jose State (1979-83) and then at Stanford (1984-88) ... Not many people know that John Elway also played professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization ... John was also an outstanding student, graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Economics in 1983.

Athletic Events THIS WEEK at Cal State Northridge

Monday, October 27
Men's Golf at Bill Cullum Invitational, Wood Ranch CC, Simi Valley, All Day

Tuesday, October 28
Men's Golf at Bill Cullum Invitational, Wood Ranch CC, Simi Valley, All Day
Women's Golf at Kent Youel Invitational, Kapolei GC, Kapolei, Hawai'i, All Day

Wednesday, October 29
Women's Golf at Kent Youel Invitational, Kapolei GC, Kapolei, Hawai'i, All Day
Men's Soccer vs UC Santa Barbara, Matador Soccer Field, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30
Women's Soccer vs UC Riverside, Matador Soccer Field, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, October 31
Women's Volleyball vs UC Riverside, The Matadome, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 1
Cross Country at Big West Championships, Riverside, 10:00 a.m.
Swimming vs UC Santa Barbara, Matador Pool, Noon
Women's Basketball vs Love & Basketball, The Matadome, 2:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer at UC Riverside, 3:00 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs UC Irvine, The Matadome, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 2
Women's Soccer vs Cal State Fullerton, Matador Soccer Field, 2:00 p.m.

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