Steve Galios*

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Steve Galios was a three-sport, first-string athlete at Napa High. In track, he ran the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 440-yard relay, and long jumped. He played two years of basketball and was a starter on the 1954-55 team. Galios played two years of football, and in 1954 was team captain, leading rusher, leading scorer, Most Valuable Player, and All North Bay League. He was Student Body President and a representative to Boy’s State. The first Napa High School graduate to be appointed to the United States Air Force Academy, Galios was a first team offensive fullback and defensive linebacker for four years at the Academy. In 1958, he led the Air Force Academy to an undefeated season and a trip to the Cotton Bowl, where they tied Texas Christian and finished with a 9-0-1 record and a ranking of #6, nationally. Galios was the leading ground gainer that year and was called by Sports Illustrated “The best player on the Falcon undefeated team”. For his outstanding season, Galios was named the Most Valuable Back by the Air Force Times publication and was named to Associated Press’ third-team All-American team. Galios retired from United Airlines in 1991 as a B767 Captain and currently serves as a trustee on the Napa Valley Unified School Board.