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CGB Hall of Fame: (3) Mike Pawlawski vs. (14) Doug Brien

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One of Cal's greatest quarterbacks of all times faces off against Cal's scoring record holder in the latest version of the CGB Hall of Fame.

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(3) Mike Pawlawski

Cal fans from the early 90's remember him and the team he led quite fondly, perhaps in the same way the others remember Rodgers and 2004. Pawlawski was Cal's starting quarterback in 1990 and 1991. The 1991 team went 10-2 and won the Florida Citrus Bowl against ACC champion Clemson-Cal's first appearance in a New Year's Day Bowl since the 1959 Rose Bowl game. Pawlawski had an outstanding 1991 season, winning co-Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors with Washington WR Mario Bailey. And Pawlawski's 1990 team went 7-4-1 with a win in the Copper Bowl (nka the Insight Bowl), which was Cal's first bowl appearance since the 1979 Garden State Bowl.
LeonPowe and California Pete offer their thoughts on Pawlawski and the 1991 team he quarterbacked-

LeonPowe: Quarterback for the 1991 Citrus Bowl Championship teams. Coming out of high school he had no arm strength, no accuracy and was rated by one recruiting service as "the worst recruit in the Pac-10"
Damned if he didn't will and win his way to becoming the Pac-10 offensive player of the year in 1991. And this was with a UW team that won the National Championship. I really dislike attributing stuff like "intangibles" and "leadership" - because good players usually prove themselves in some measurable way. Mike really didn't - he had okay stats and won a lot. But it was the little things. Like when he scored on a keeper and knocked out the opposing linebacker. Like when he played special teams to get on the field. Like when he took an offense full of talent (Russ, Brian Treggs, Mike Caldwell, Greg Zomalt, Lindsay Chapman) and molded them in his image - they became a cocky, loud-mouthed, trashtalking offense that WON. Back-to-back Bowl Games (huge for Cal at the time).
In my freshman year after Pawlawski had graduated a lot of fans and students said (not jokingly either) that they should bring Pawlawski back . . .to coach the linebackers.

California Pete: I think the 1991 team would have a great chance against the 2004 team, although the 91ers' penchant for personal fouls probably would do them in. Both teams were Rose Bowl worthy . . . but both unfortunately shared the conference with two of the all-time greats: UW 1991 and USC 2004.

He is dealing with neck issues in retirement, but many of us have seen him broadcast a Cal game, several in the past few seasons, and he seems to be in generally good spirits.

You can check out his write-up on Tightwad Hill over here.

(14) Doug Brien

daveman introduces Doug Brien:

He's the current Cal Football scoring leader with 288 points (120 PATs and 56 FGs). He hit 70% of his FGs (56 for 80) while at Cal, still a record. He graduated from Cal and went on to play for 7 different teams in a 12 year career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers in his rookie season in Super Bowl XXIX. He also holds the NFL record for PATs in a postseason with 17 in 1994. This one should be a no brainer.

The Cal walk-on would go on to play for the San Francisco 49ers (1994-95); New Orleans Saints (1995-2000); Indianapolis Colts (2001); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001); Minnesota Vikings (2002); New York Jets (2003-04); Chicago Bears (2005). For his career, Brien converted 80.2% of his field goal attempts and  98.0% of PAT attempts.

Brien has also found success off of the football field. He is the co-founder of Waypoint Real Estate Group, an investment company that purchases foreclosed homes and turns them into rental properties.