Known for: Sacramento native Jim Breech played 14 years in the National Football League as a kicker, and is the Cincinnati Bengals' all-time leading scorer.
Background: Breech played at Sacramento High School, graduating in 1974. He landed a spot in the Optimist All-Star Game after another player was drafted by a major league baseball team. Breech accepted a scholarship to UC Berkeley, where he played for four seasons. He broke into the NFL with the Oakland Raiders in 1979, then played the next 13 seasons with the Bengals, twice playing in the Super Bowl (1982 and 1989). However, the Bengals lost both times to the San Francisco 49ers. In the second game, Breech kicked three field goals, the last from 40 yards with 3:20 remaining to give Cincinnati a 16-13 lead, but they lost 20-16 when Joe Montana capped a 92-yard drive with a touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left. For his Bengals career, Breech totaled 1,151 points.
A highlight: Breech was 9 for 9 in career overtime field goals and didn't miss a field goal or extra point in two Super Bowls. He was elected to the Cal Hall of Fame in 1999.
-- Anthony Sorci