Every year it seems at least one or two players joins the WPIAL's 4,000-yard rushing list. For example, in 2007, Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor and California's Donte Valentino joined the fraternity. This year, East Allegheny's Monte Ashby surpassed 4,000 yards.
The possibility exists that Canon-McMillan's Mike Hull can become a member during his senior year.
On every list, there is a first. That's who the Varsity Letters is seeking out this week. We're issuing an All Points Bulletin for former Chartiers-Houston standout Jerry Patterson.
Back in 1969, Patterson became the first runner in WPIAL history to reach 4,000 yards. He finished his distinguished scholastic career with 459 carries for 4,075 yards (an 8.9 average).
Another 12 years elapsed before another player from the WPIAL accomplished the feat. Jon Green, formerly of Mon Valley Catholic, rushed for 4,709 by the time his scholastic football career ended in 1981.
Anyone knowing of Patterson's whereabouts is urged to contact the Varsity Letters.