Known for: Grant High School athlete Don Doll was a four-time All-Pro defensive back with the Detroit Lions who intercepted 41 passes in his NFL career.
Background: Doll, known as Don Burnside during his prep career, was named Cal-Hi Sports' State Player of the Year for football as a quarterback in 1943. He is one of only four Sacramento-area players to earn that honor. He led the University of Southern California in rushing three times. His USC career was interrupted by World War II. He was named all-conference at USC in 1947 and 1948. He was a fourth-round selection in the 1949 National Football League draft for the Lions. He holds Detroit's record for interceptions in a season (12) and return yards (301). He was named most valuable player in the 1953 Pro Bowl game. He coached USC's football team in 1957 and 1958.
A highlight: On Oct. 23, 1949, Doll intercepted four passes in a 24-7 victory over the Chicago Cardinals, an NFL record he shares with 17 players.
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