Steve Breaston was one of the most exciting payers in WPIAL history. As a senior quarterback at Woodland Hills, he rushed for 1,718 yards, averaged 11.4 yards a carry and threw for 600.
A master of big plays, he was involved in 33 touchdowns as a senior, either running, passing or on punt returns. The average length of those TDs was 41.9 yards. He won a WPIAL track championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior and won the 400 as a senior.
|BIG PLAY MASTER—Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston shows off his 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame award.
He also finished fifth in the high jump as a senior. He went on to a successful career as a receiver at the University of Michigan and is now a receiver with the Arizona Cardinals.
|LONG ON TALENT—Former Penn State and NFL star Brandon Short shows off his 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame award.
Brandon Short from McKeesport High School was long on talent on the football field. He was a dominant linebacker and offensive lineman on McKeesport’s 1994 team that won the WPIAL and state Quad-A championships. Short was a Parade and a USA Today All-American. He was also the starting center on McKeesport’s WPIAL championship basketball team in 1995. He went on to become an All-American linebacker at Penn State and played seven years in the NFL. He recently earned his MBA from Columbia University of the Ivy League.
(Reprinted from WPIAL Hall of Fame Ceremony Program.)