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Football: Hendrickson was a 4-year varsity star for Napa High

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It was getting very late into the 1981 football season, one of the best in school history for Napa High.

Injuries were beginning to take a toll on the defense, forcing head coach Les Franco and his staff to make key decisions about starting personnel.

With only two games to go in the regular season and the playoffs just around the corner, they were in need of a left outside linebacker.

The staff turned to Steve Hendrickson, a 15-year-old who was in the ninth grade at Ridgeview Junior High and a member of the Napa High junior varsity team at the time. It was a “unanimous choice” of the coaching staff, Franco recalled, to promote Hendrickson.

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