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2000 Hall of Fame Inductee

Cruz Salas, Football, 1956-57

A two-year letterwinner forArizona State Teachers College, Cruz Salas led the Lumberjacks to a pair of Frontier Conference titles and a combined 16-4 record over two seasons. In 1956, he led the squad in rushing with a then school-record 830 yards and scored a school record 70 points, including 22 in a 54-40 victory over Western New Mexico. He was named to the Frontier First Team All-Conference squad at fullback. In 1957, he again led the squad in rushing as the team played its first ever game at Lumberjack Stadium. He also was a unanimous selection to the all-conference team for a second consecutive season. Upon graduation, he coached the freshman team called the "Axebabes" to a 5-1 record including a victory over the Arizona State freshman team. He was later drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He declined the offer and later began his high school coaching career at Clifton High School. He has since been an administrator in the San Carlos Apache School system and is currently a member of the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

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