Jack Thompson was the first quarterback selected in the 1979 NFL draft – in the 2022 BGC, we know many teams who would take him first as well. He is a WSU Alum (Go Cougs! – we just made 50% of the readers mad with that statement, don’t worry, we say Go Dawgs! on Locker’s profile) and is only one of two players to have his number retired.
Affectionately known as “The Throwin’ Samoan,” Thompson dazzled as a Cougars starter from 1976-78, setting a standard of QB excellence at the Pullman school. Among a heap of other accomplishments, he piled up a then-NCAA record 7,818 career passing yards, collected two first-team All-America nods and finished ninth in Heisman voting as a senior.