This former member of the Secret Society was one of the most explosive players in the history of San Diego section football. The former All-CIF safety and running back had to deal with a number of injuries throughout his high school and college career but still managed to make his mark in the record books.

Known for his quickness and speed on offense, Steven had five runs of 70 yards or more during his Helix career. He rushed for 1530 career yards and set a school and CIF record averaging an amazing 10.1 yards per carry. He finished his high school career ranked in the top three for career touchdowns (22) and points scored in one game (24). His 132 points ranked 6th all time in Helix history. On the defensive side of the ball Steven played on one of the best defensive units in Helix and CIF San Diego Section history. The 1982 defense set a Helix record by allowing only 6.3 points per game. This defensive unit also intercepted a school record 28 passes. In 1983 Steven intercepted two passes that he returned for touchdown runs of 61 and 55 yards.

Stevenís outstanding play earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Upon arriving at the USC campus Steven had to decide which side of the ball he would lend his talents to. He decided to play tailback and accept the challenge of stepping into the role of one of the most heralded positions in college football history. Struggling with a nagging ankle injury that kept him out of 24 of his first 28 games, Steven never lost faith and burst onto the USC football scene with a remarkable junior season. Steven led the PAC-10 in rushing with 1109 yards. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and became the 17th Trojan to top the 1000-yard mark. Steven recorded six one hundred yard rushing games including a 182-yard performance against Washington and a 161-yard game against Arizona.

Stevenís determination to succeed was driven in part by two things. First, he was a superbly conditioned athlete whose 5í10Ē 185 pound frame was very deceiving. During spring football prior to his junior year he won the teamís superstar competition. The testing consisted in a series of athletic events and drills to test each playerís physical conditioning. His best event in the testing was the power clean. The second factor that played a major role in helping Steven overcome the obstacles that were placed before him was his strong Christian faith and belief in God. Steven was quick to point out that his faith was the most important thing in his life. He was one of a number of Trojans who were involved in chapel services and bible study each week prior to their games.

Stevenís faith was tested one last time as an athlete when he suffered a season ending knee injury during the biggest game of the season-the UCLA game. A devastating injury such as this often leads an athlete to despair and even lose focus in life. Steven showed tremendous courage in dealing with the set backs that seemed to plague him throughout his career. He was able to deal with all the challenges and graduate with a degree in public administration. A reporter once asked Steven to comment about his days at USC and he said that he was never preoccupied with great achievements and honors. He said he was happy to playing at USC because that was where God wanted him to be. Steven commented that he would still be content even if he never played another down of football.

Today Steven is a successful business executive living in Houston with his wife and twin daughters. For his outstanding play on the field, great courage, dedication and faith, the Star Chamber is honored to welcome Steven into the Star Chamber Gallery of Stars. 

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