Sunday, June 14, 2009
APB, Where are they now?
Former NFL kickers Bruce Gossett (Cecil) and Fred Cox (Monongahela) are the best ever produced by Washington County high schools at the position. Gossett spent 11 years in the NFL (1964-74) with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. He was All-Pro in 1966. Cox, in addition to an integral role in the creation of Nerf football, played halfback at Pitt from 1959-61 and spent 15 years in the NFL with Cleveland (1961-62) and Minnesota (1963-77). Cox played in four Super Bowls.
More recently, former Ringgold standout Todd James joined the list of all-time great kickers from the area. This week, the Varsity Letters issues an All Points Bulletin for James.
A strong-legged kicker and punter at Ringgold, James' kickoffs were rarely returned by the opposition. Mainly because they landed past the goal line. As a senior, James earned all-state honors then went on to West Virginia, where he was a kicker and punter during various stages of his college career.
Anyone with information regarding James' whereabouts is urged to contact the Varsity Letters.