Steve Clerici

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Steve Clerici was an outstanding three-sport star at Napa High. As a sophomore, he played JV football, ran track and was the sixth man on the varsity basketball team, though he is best known for his football and basketball abilities. He became a basketball starter in his junior year and gained All-City honors. In his senior year, he again made All-City, and added a second team All-North Bay League to his list of credits. It was in football that Clerici really excelled. He was a fullback and linebacker on the 1974 and 1975 Napa teams. In both seasons, Clerici earned All-City, All-NBL and All-Redwood Empire honors. He was Captain and Most Valuable Player of the 1975 team. Clerici went on to U.C. Davis and continued his outstanding play as a three-year starter at linebacker. In 1977 Clerici was an All-Conference player for the Davis team that went to the semi-finals of the National Championship Tournament. In 1978, the team was a quarter finalist in the same tournament and Clerici added a second team All-American honor to his second straight All-Conference selection. A comment from a Napa High peer, “Steve was like a man among boys.”