Russ Saunders, captain of San Diego High School's 1925 Southern California champions, started as a blocking back for the University of Southern California in 1927 and played on USC's first national championship team in 1928. Switching to tailback, he led the 1929 Trojans to a 10-2 record and was Player of the Game in the 1930 Rose Bowl. He passed for a then-unheard-of 297 yards, completing his first three passes for touchdowns, and ran for another as USC demolished favored Pittsburgh, 47-14. Saunders played one year of pro football, helping Green Bay win the 1931 championship, then became an executive with Warner Brothers. He was the model for USC's famous "Tommy Trojan" statue. Saunders was inducted in the Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1960.