One of Moffat County High School’s greatest football players is coming home.
Darwin Dunn, a 1948 MCHS graduate, will be an honored guest in this year’s Homecoming festivities, riding in Friday's parade and participating in the coin toss at Friday's football game against Palisade.
Dunn, 80, of Savery, Wyo., never played at the high school’s current location, but he made a name for himself in Craig as No. 22 on the school’s football team, playing blocking back.
“All I really did was block,” Dunn said.
Dunn’s duties mostly involved pitching and passing the ball to his teammates and then blocking downfield for them to run. He also served as the team’s fullback and the kicker and played in whatever defensive position he was needed.
“Tackling was my main thing,” he said.
Dunn also played basketball for MCHS.
Named the football team’s Most Valuable Athlete in his senior year, Dunn graduated in 1948 and went on to the University of Wyoming with a full football scholarship.
At Wyoming, he became the team’s cornerback on defense, and still played as the team’s blocking back on offense.
“We played the full 60 minutes,” he said.
While at Wyoming, Dunn, wearing No. 24, lettered in football during the 1949, 1950, and 1951 seasons.
His junior year in 1950 saw a breakthrough for Wyoming Cowboys football as the team went undefeated for the first time in school history with a record of 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain States Athletic Conference.
Playing in the school’s first bowl game, the 1950-51 Gator Bowl, the team beat Washington & Lee, 20-7.
The 1950-51 team, the first nationally ranked team from Wyoming, was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Coach Clarence Bowden Wyatt was also inducted that year individually.
“They played tough football in those days, Bowden Wyatt did,” he said. “He was All-American a couple years before he coached there.”
Dunn almost took his football career to the professional level. He was offered a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers after graduating from Wyoming.
“I had a couple kids already, so I figured then that I’d better start working,” he said.
Dunn’s return to Craig is one many years in the making.
Living in Savery, east of Baggs, he has not visited his hometown in years, but he is looking forward to coming back to where it all began.
“I feel very humble,” he said.
For an expanded story on the life and career of Darwin Dunn, see the Saturday Morning Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.