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A great idea, a century in the making


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POSTED: Thursday, July 30, 2009

When sports columnist Dave Reardon first floated the idea of doing The Centurions project, all involved knew it was a good one.

What better time to name the top 100 players in University of Hawaii history than the season the school celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first football program? In this complicated equation, the idea was the easy part. Executing it so it reached its full potential involved more people than we could list in this short space.

Reardon was responsible for compiling the rankings with plenty of help from past and present football coaches and local media advisers. Their input in compiling the top 100 players was immeasurable.

Graphic artist Kip Aoki designed the look of the football card that could not have worked without the help of the Hawaii sports information department. Current ringleader Derek Inouchi dug through more photo files than a magazine researcher, while former head SID Eddie Inouye advised Reardon on those men who played way back when and how they fit among the modern-day athletes.

It was a daunting task and one Reardon worked painstakingly on before handing off the list six weeks ago. From there, finding the right reporters to write about the players involved was critical. Ranging from Mike Wise of the Washington Post to Neil Everett of ESPN, this collection of reporters wrote some of the finest work appearing in the Star-Bulletin sports pages.

Enjoy reading the final five selections and weigh it against your own list of the top UH players of all time.

Paul Arnett
Sports Editor

               

     

 

Contributors

        » Coordinators: Sjarif Goldstein, Dave Reardon
       

» Copy editors/Page designers: Nick Abramo, Steven Berkowsky, Jerry Campany, Sjarif Goldstein, Mike Rovner

       

» Voters/Advisers: Randy Cadiente, Bobby Curran, Rob DeMello, Billy Hull, Eddie Inouye, June Jones, Jason Kaneshiro, Robert Kekaula, Jim Leahey, Kanoa Leahey, George Lumpkin, Greg McMackin, Lyle Nelson, Larry Price, Kalani Simpson, Dick Tomey, John Veneri, Bob Wagner, Ben Wood

       

» Writers: Paul Arnett, Jim Becker, Randy Cadiente, Jerry Campany, Rob DeMello, Joe Edwards, Neil Everett, Chance Gusukuma, Paul Honda, Billy Hull, Jason Kaneshiro, Robert Kekaula, Cindy Luis, Brian McInnis, Lyle Nelson, Ben Nishimoto, Dave Reardon, Kalani Simpson, Mike Wise

       

» Artist: Kip Aoki

       

» Web team: Nancy Christenson, Wilma Jandoc, Rob Myers, Stephen Park