Known for: A Jesuit High School athlete and first-round draft pick by the New York Jets, Ken O'Brien played 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback.
Background: After graduating from Jesuit, O'Brien played one season for California State University, Sacramento, before transferring to UC Davis. From 1980 to '82, he excelled for the Aggies, passing for 6,673 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was part of the famous NFL "quarterback draft" in 1983. O'Brien was selected by the Jets as the 24th in the draft, after John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly and Tony Eason but three picks before Dan Marino. He played 10 seasons for New York and one for the Philadelphia Eagles, passing for 25,094 yards and 128 touchdowns. In the third week of the 1986 season, O'Brien threw for 465 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-45 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins. O'Brien was selected to play for two NFL Pro Bowl teams.
A highlight: O'Brien has been inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame, Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame and the Division II football Hall of Fame.
-- Anthony Sorci