Arlie Lloyd

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Arlie Lloyd was a standout defensive tackle for the Napa Indian football teams of 1958 and 1959. One San Francisco newspaper singled out Lloyd as one of Northern California’s top defensive high school linemen. Lloyd’s high school coach Bob Covey, a member of the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame, said of Lloyd: “Arlie Lloyd was an outstanding Napa High School football player. If I were to select a ‘dream team’, Lloyd would be on it. He is one of the two best tackles that I have ever coached. He had the desire and determination to be the best that he could be. With that, he was also physically tough, strong and fast; a great combination for a superb lineman. Besides the above, Arlie was a quiet leader, a player that others looked up to. He made better players out of his teammates, who aspired to reach the level of Arlie’s abilities. He is a good example for others to follow.” Lloyd received an award as the Most Valuable Defensive Player on the Napa High team as a senior. That year the NBL principals decided not to have an All-League Team – a decision that denied Lloyd that recognition. He started all games in his two years at Napa High and was described as “playing the most minutes,” “the best tackler on team,” “the sack leader,” “[someone who] set an example for rest of team.” He had five sacks in one game for total losses of 75 yards. For those who saw him play, those who teamed with him and those who coached him, Lloyd was a very special Napa High athlete.