CGB Hall of Fame: Vicky Galindo vs Jerrott Willard

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This final matchup in the Pete Newell Bracket pits one of Cal's greatest softball players against one of its fiercest football defenders! The winner will take on Scott Fujita in the second round.

Voting ends at noon PST on Friday. Examine the case for either side after the jump and vote in the poll!

Last week's winners: JJ Arrington (142 to Jeff Kent's 78); Sandy Barbour (128 to David Ortega's 36); The Play Players (131 to Hardy Nickerson's 38)

California Pete has the down-low on Vicky.

 

One of my favorite Cal women athletes of all time. A great ballplayer, an Olympian, led Cal to a national championship, and deceptively powerful despite her small size. Plus she’s cute as hell, and even more attractive (at least to me), because she’s openly bisexual. But beyond my adolescent crush on her, few position players in Cal history have stronger Hall of Fame credentials than her.


LeonPowe talks up Jerrott's case.

Jerrott Willard was a badass linebacker from 1991-1994 . . .who rocked the half shirt.

From tightwad hill’s description of Willard

Jerrott Willard was probably the best tackler I’ve ever seen wear Blue and Gold. Broadcasters love the cliche of "football instincts." Cliche or no, Willard had those instincts in spades. He exploded through ball carriers and rarely missed a tackle. His angles were as sharp as a geometry major’s, and he squeezed the absolute most out of what God gave him. He played sideline to sideline with a non-stop motor that recalls Desmond Bishop of this year’s team.

Willard led the Bears in tackles in each of his four seasons and wound up third all-time with 469 career stops, 54 of them for losses. He also had the knack for the big play, which separates him from other Cal defenders with gaudy stats. In his freshman year he blocked a critical punt for a touchdown against Oregon State in a 27-14 victory. In Cal’s 37-3 Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa in 1993, he returned an interception 61 yards for a score, and was named Defensive Player of the Game. In countless other situations, we could count on Jerrott to make the critical stop on third down, or to force a turnover.

Though Willard played alongside some outstanding talents in his time at Cal, he was voted Team MVP after both his junior and senior seasons, and he was a two-time All-Pac 10 first team selection at inside linebacker.

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