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2014 Hall of Fame: John DeBoer and Steve Chapman

September 27, 2014

John DeBoer

Hall of Fame John DeBoer (wife Didi accepting award) Grosse Pointe South High School

Hall of Fame John DeBoer (wife Didi accepting award) Grosse Pointe South High School

John played in the North/South Rivalry in 1979 and 1980, where as a senior he caught two touchdown passes against North to secure a 24-7 victory.  His senior year he caught 12 touchdowns passes for over 1,000 yards and was named captain of the Free Press All State Team.  John accepted a scholarship to play football at Central Michigan University where he was a premier wide receiver in CMU history amassing almost 2,000 yards, receiving on 93 catches and 19 touchdowns.  John signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos, but eventually followed his occupational passion as an Accountant at Price Warehouse.  John is now the CEO of Xanedu Inc in Ann Harbor Michigan and still resides in Grosse Pointe Farms with his wife Didi of 29 years and his children David, Megan and Claire.   Presenting his award is Sgt Cocaine congratulations John!!

Steve Chapman

Hall of Fame Steve Chapman Grosse Pointe North

Hall of Fame Steve Chapman Grosse Pointe North

Steve played in the rivalry game for 4 years and lead his team to 3 wins.  He was an excellent quarterback and captain of the 1996 team that defeated South 38-28 to complete an 8-1 season and a trip to the state playoffs where he lead us to the state semi-finals and an overall record of 10-2 with District and Regional Championships.  In his career he passed 385 times and completed 170 for 2,557 yards and 20 touchdowns.  He received many honors in all sports as he was an outstanding Basketball and Baseball player.  Steve and his wife Megan have two sons Cole and Tyson.

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