Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight pictureAs a two-sport standout at Salina High in the mid 1940s, Bobby Knight excelled in both football and track and field. 

A 5-foot-10, 235-pound fullback, Knight was twice named first team all-state by the Topeka Capital following his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected first team all-conference by coaches in the Central Kansas League in his final two seasons.
According to the Topeka newspaper, Knight scored six touchdowns during his senior season in 1945, but was known for his ferocious blocking skills. He also handled the kicking duties for Central, kicking 25 extra points, sending more than 20 kickoffs into the end zone and averaging nearly 50 yards on his punts and free kicks. Central went 8-1 in his final season and outscored its CKL opponents 203-0. 

Knight was also a three-time state champion in track and field. His first title came at the 1944 Class A state meet as a sophomore, where he won the shot put with a distance of 50-8-1/4 . The following year he won Class AA state titles in the shot put [51-0-1/2] and discus [156-6]. At the time, that mark in the discus was a state meet record for all classes and stood until 1950.