During his time at Wentachee High School, Al Worley was not the most highly recruited player in the country. A three-sport star, Worley had very little offers and chose to stay in state to play for the Huskies football program. By the time he left school, he had become one of the best defensive backs in the country.
His journey to the top of the college football landscape was not without its bumps, as he began his freshman year as an end. Worley then missed an entire season due to a hand injury. Once healthy, Worley was a part of the rotation in the secondary in 1966 and 1967, before bursting onto the scene with a legendary season in 1968.
In that year, Worley set the NCAA record for most interceptions in a season, and he did it in only 10 games. A consensus All-American in 1968, Worley had three interceptions against Wisconsin alone. Despite his breakout season, the NFL did not draft him.
Instead, Worley played for the Seattle Rangers of the Continental Football League, serving as the team’s safety. A member of the Husky Hall of Fame, he has been up for election into the College Football Hall of Fame on a couple of occasions, though he has yet to be voted in. Still, he is one of the better defensive backs in school history and deserves his spot on our list.