Altus High School is being recognized by the National Football League as a high school that has contributed to Super Bowl history. Two former Bulldogs, Kyle Davis and Jason Gildon were on active Super Bowl rosters. The NFL is honoring players that were on active rosters as well as head coaches of teams in the last 49 Super Bowls.
Kyle Wayne Davis was a Bulldog graduate in 1970. He went on to play at Oklahoma University from 1971-1974. Davis was the back up center to a two-time consensus All-American center and was forced to wait his turn. The 1973 season under new head coach Barry Switzer saw Davis as the new starting center. In 1974, Davis not only helped the Sooners win their fourth National Championship but he was one of eight All-Americans that year (the most in Sooner history at that time). This means in practices Davis would have went helmet to helmet with Lee Roy Selmon or slid by him to pick up Rod Choate on the block.
Davis’ efforts at OU got him selected in the 5th round of the 1975 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Again, forced to wait his turn behind an entrenched starter, Davis found himself center stage in a divisional playoff game in Minnesota. Fitzgerald, the starter had injured his arm and was struggling to get the shotgun snap back to Roger Staubach. Davis took the field after a poor snap lost the Cowboys six yards on third down. Davis entered the last drive of the game with Dallas down 14-10 to the Vikings. A great snap on fourth and 16 by Davis allowed for Staubach to convert the first down to Drew Pearson. This set up the now famous Hail Mary pass to Pearson to win the game. All made possible by a former Bulldog.
Davis played in 21 games in his NFL career. He played 14 games with Dallas before injuries took their toll. In 1978 he signed with the San Francisco 49ers and saw action in seven games. Davis was on the Cowboys team for Super Bowl X (10).
Jason Larue Gildon was an All-State selection following his 1989 season in Bulldog blue. He graduated in 1990 and signed with OSU. Despite being a part of dismal Cowboy teams which compiled a record of 11-31-2 in his three seasons, Gildon shined for the Cowboys. He finished with 35.5 career sacks (all time Big 8 record) and holds the single season Big 8 record for sacks with 17.
Gildon was drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played in Super Bowl XXX (30) against the Dallas Cowboys. Gildon is the current Steelers record holder for sacks with 77. His 80 career total sucks ranks him 62nd in NFL history. Gildon is also the all time NFL record holder for consecutive games played by a left outside linebacker.
Jason was a supremely gifted natural athlete. His 6’4” 255 frame allowed him to dominate as a pass rusher at every level. He was extremely fast for his size and he even scored a defensive touchdown in the NFL.
On Feb. 15, 2015, Jason was named the new head coach of Cardinal Wuerl Catholic High School in Pennsylvania. He still looks like he could get to Manning on Sunday.
In order to commemorate these two Bulldog greats, the NFL sent two golden footballs made by Wilson to Altus High School. Each ball has the 50th anniversary logo on it as well as the players name, school, and the number of the Super Bowl that they were a part of. These golden footballs can be seen in the trophy case next to the athletic offices at Altus High.
Altus High School is one of 2,000 schools across 10 countries named to the Super Bowl honor roll. There are 24 schools in Oklahoma that have produced future Super Bowl players or head coaches.
AHS is one of only five Oklahoma schools that have produced more than one future player or coach in the Super Bowl.
Altus High School will also receive character education curriculum courtesy of the NFL.
Reach Brad Gilbert at [email protected], or call 580-482-1221 ext. 2076