Phillip M. Odle
Elgin High School Class of 1961
The football career of this outstanding Elgin athlete began at Elgin High School where he played halfback, scoring seven touch-downs, including four in one game, as a junior in 1959. In 1960, his senior year, Phil gained 733 yards rushing in 108 attempts for a 6.78 average. He again scored seven touchdowns and was selected All—Conference. An All—American end at Brigham Young University, where he led the nation in receiving his senior year, Phil was named to the All—Western Athletic Conference team three years running. He had a career total of 183 receptions for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns, one of the best all—time records for a major college receiver. Phil was chosen to play in both the East—West Shrine game in San Francisco (1967) and the Hula Bowl in Honolulu (1968). He played professional foot-ball on the special teams of the Detroit Lions (NFL) 1968, 1969 and 1970.