Chico, CA: Oct. 21, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series announced today that an unprecedented four former Pleasant Valley and Chico athletes will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame at the Almond Bowl game on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, presented by the US Marines. The awards will be presented during the game which will be played at Chico State University’s stadium.
The Great American Rivalry Series highlights some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, and the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series features 100 showdowns in 40 states nationwide. All of these games come with great football, storied traditions and a heavy dose of hometown pride. These annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
Over the 12 year history of the Rivalry Series, over 500 former athletes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. These awards are designed to recognize players from the past who have participated in the historic rivalries. Typically, one individual is selected by each school to be a recipient and is honored at a presentation at halftime of the respective rivalry games. For the first time in the 12 year history of the rivalry, both Pleasant Valley and Chico had requested to honor two recipients each.
The following individuals from Pleasant Valley will be inducted:
- Aaron Rodgers, a 2002 alumnus of Pleasant Valley, who excelled as QB at the University of California and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005. In 2010 he led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV and was also the Super Bowl MVP.
- Geoff Swaim, a 2011 alumnus of Pleasant Valley. He played TE and went on to play at the University of Texas. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft and is currently playing for the Cowboys
The following individuals from Chico will be inducted:
- Roque Santos, a 1986 graduate of Chico, Roque played QB in the Almond Bowl and then went on to the University of California, Berkeley to study Political Science. While there he was also an All-American Swimmer in multiple events and qualified to participate in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the breaststroke.
- Mike Sherrard, a 1981 graduate of Chico, Mike was a standout athlete lettering in 4 sports at Chico. He walked on at UCLA and eventually set a number of WR records while there. He was a member of three Rose Bowl winning teams and was a first round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1986. He was a member of the 1990 Super Bowl winning San Francisco 49ers team and also played with the NY Giants and Denver Broncos.
Also of note, as Super Bowl Alumni, both Rodgers and Sherrard will be presenting Super Bowl High School Honor Roll commemorative Wilson Golden Footballs to their respective schools this year as part of the Super Bowl 50 Celebration. Nearly 3000 players and head coaches, and more than 2000 high schools are being recognized in this NFL initiative.
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ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES
In 2004, iHigh, Inc. (now known as BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” In its first 11 years, the Series has gone to more than 500 games in 42 states and continues to shine the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky-high, and fans are committed.