WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow High School Bulldogs 1964 Championship football team was honored on the fiftieth anniversary of the team's state championship win at the 2014 Championship Game at North Canyon High School in Phoenix.
According to Art Griffith, who was a member of that team, there were more of the 1964 Bulldogs in attendance than the 1989 Champion Blue Ridge Yellowjackets who were also honored on the 25th anniversary of their winning the state title. Griffith said 20 to 22 players came to the event with around 80 family members.
Many regard the 1964 team as one of the best ever to play for Winslow High School, a school noted for success on the gridiron, especially under the legendary Emil Nasser, a Hall of Fame coach considered among the best ever to fill the role of coach.
Griffith said the team met at the nearby Catch 22 Grill both before and after the game. Unfortunately Emil was in the hospital in Flagstaff with health problems and could not attend. He was represented by his son Danny Nasser. Emil did talk on the phone to most of the players who were at the game. His is almost 93-years-old
Many of the players came long distances for the honor. Among the many who were in attendance were Mike Madeo, Mike Peart, Mike Sullivan, Bill Bollin and John Hysong. Team members, family members and fans looked at posters made of pictures and newspaper articles about the championship game and the 1964 season.
Griffith complimented the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) for the way the organization handled the ceremony. He said he was very pleased with the situation and proud to receive the honor. He said the championship game between River Valley and Snowflake was well played between two very good teams. It is likely that this will be the last time this team is honored for its accomplishments, although some of the players look like they could attend a 75th anniversary. That would be quite an accomplishment.