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- Bakersfield College is proud to honor our longest living alumni tonight, Mr. Ross Thornton who is 101.
- Mr. Thornton played football for Bakersfield College, and at only 153 pounds was the team Center.
- He was known for running the opposing centers around in circles, and was named an All Valley Center.
- After a particularly tough loss, Coach Spud Harder was quoted saying: "It was the best exhibition of what a hard-driving, scrappy team can do against sheer bulk that I've seen all season. I wouldn't have traded teams with any coach in the country after the fight they put up Saturday."
- Mr. Thornton served in the Navy in WWII and farmed Hardenburg Ranch, where he personally built much of the family home.
Ross was honored by being named to the 1933 “All-Central California JC Conference Football Team” as a center. His coach was Theo “Spud” Harder. Ross today at age 101 is the oldest known living Renegade athlete and may also be the oldest living former BC student.
-- Bob Covey