Jim Link had a two sport career at Napa High School. He performed well on the baseball field and had an incredible record as a three year starter on the football team. As a freshman, Link was a starter on both JV teams. As a sophomore, he moved up to start on both varsity teams and in his senior year he was an All-County baseball player, with a .389 batting average. Football was the biggest source of his high school athletic success. In his sophomore year, Link was the starting strong safety on Napa’s defense and was named to the All-Napa County team and the All-MEL second team. As a junior, he started as fullback on offense and middle linebacker on defense, and was the kicker. He scored 10 touchdowns for the offense and was All-Napa County and First Team All-MEL on defense. In his senior year, he scored 16 touchdowns and became Napa’s first 1,000 yard rusher since the formation of the MEL. He also repeated his junior year awards and was named All-MEL on both offense and defense. Among the football records Link set at Napa High are 214 rushing yards in a game, first MEL player in history to run for 1,000 years in a season, first MEL player to score six touchdowns and 38 points in a game (caught a two-point conversion after six rushing touchdowns) and, with 34, most carries in a game by a running back. After graduating from Napa High, Link played baseball for two years at Napa College where he gained All-League honors. Sadly, his athletic career was ended at East Oregon College, where he suffered a severe ankle injury.