Inductees THE 1963 PEORIA CENTRAL High School football team, coached by a former Central player, William "Corky" Robertson, produced the first unbeaten, untied season in the history of the school.
Playing a difficult schedule, the Lions roared through a ten-game schedule unscathed, scoring 243 points while allowing only 77. One shut-out was produced and in six of the other games only one touchdown was given up. No team scored more than 12 points against Central.
Eight members of the team were named to the Mid-State all-conference team: end Bill Reising, tackle Paul Dimler, guards Joe Crooks and Bob Ford, center Steve Cummins, quarterback Charles Neumann, halfback Dirt Wellbrock and fullback Bob Jockisch. In addition, tackle Fred Haug, end Karl Kloppmann, halfback Jeff Conrad and end John Van Ness received special mention.
Dimler later played college football at Army, Jockisch at Notre Dame, Haug at Purdue, Bill Reising at Iowa State, Neumann at Air Force and Cummins at Bradley.
THE 1963 SEASON
Central 7, Maine West 6
Central 25, Richwoods 7
Central 45, Limestone 6
Central 19, Pekin 0
Central 22, Woodruff 7
Central 32, East Peoria 7
Central 20, Spalding 8
Central 19, DanVille 12
Central 25, Galesburg 12
Central 27, Manual
THE 1963 PEORIA CENTRAL High School football team, coached by a former Central player, William "Corky" Robertson, produced the first unbeaten, untied season in the history of the school.
Born in Peoria in 1877, Norwood Gibson signed with the Boston Red Sox after earning his master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Part of a pitching rotation that included Cy Young, Gibson compiled a 34-32 record in 85 career appearances with a 2.93 earned run average during his four-year career.