Darius Stills 1st Fairmont native and Fairmont high school grad drafted by NFL?

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    When Darius Stills hears his name called in the NFL draft, he will become the first Fairmont native drafted in the modern draft era and maybe the only Fairmont native AND Fairmont high school graduate ever.

    The last was Fairmont native chosen was LB Tony Adamle, who was a 12th round selection by the Chicago Bears in 1947, but his family moved to Cleveland before Tony’s high school years.

    Dr. Anthony “Tony” Adamle was born in Fairmont in 1924 but his Slovenian parents moved to Cleveland when he was a child and Tony graduated from Cleveland Collinwood High School and attended but dropped out of Ohio State and later got his degree from Cleveland Western Reserve Medical School (later renamed Case Western).

    Tony’s son, Mike Adamle, was a running back at Kent Roosevelt High School, Northwestern and, in the NFL, a fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Chicago Bears before becoming a sports broadcaster.

    Dr. Adamle passed away at the age of 76 in 2000 in Kent, Ohio, home of Kent State University, with Dr. Adamle as its team physician for more than 35 years.  

    Interesting that none of the 6 Fairmont State football stars drafted in the NFL were from Fairmont. Four came from Maryland high schools and one from a Canadian high school.

    Despite extensive searching I couldn’t find George Clayton’s high school.

    Larry Blackstone went to Baltimore Liberty High School

    Jim Mertens was born in Cumberland, Maryland

    Matt Fortier went to Seat Pleasant, Maryland Central High

    George Edwards went to Northern High School in Accident, Maryland

    Luc Tousignant went to Trois Rivieres High School in Trois Rivieres, which is midway between Quebec and Montreal in Canada


    Year Round Pick Team Player Position
    1966 NFL Draft 12 172 Los Angeles Rams George Clayton DB
    1968 NFL Draft 13 352 Oakland Raiders Larry Blackstone RB
    1969 NFL Draft 10 245 Miami Dolphins Jim Mertens TE
    1970 NFL Draft 10 245 New York Giants Matt Fortier DE
    1970 NFL Draft 11 278 Baltimore Colts George Edwards RB
    1982 NFL Draft 8 218 Buffalo Bills Luc Tousignant QB



    Great research, CFE.

    Guys from nearby Farmington make a big crowd, including Gunner Gatski and Sam Huff, among others.


    George “Butch” Clayton graduated from Fairview High in Marion County.

    He was an all-WVIAC quarterback and an NAIA All-America defensive back for Fairmont. According to an interview with John Veasey in 2017, he went to training camp with the AFL’s Houston Oilers but was cut after three weeks and retired from football.



    Absolutely. Gatski and Huff, whose name was the first one, I believe, put up in Mountaineer Field, were astounding. Stydalahar from Shinnston was no slouch either. Huff was there when I was a student, as DA sports editor. I drank beer every week with running back Dick Nicholson. We made regular beer runs to Point Marion because Pennsylvania beer was 6% alcohol while WVU beer was only 3.2%. QB Freddy Wyant, the Weston wonder, passed away only a month ago. Bosley, Marconi, Lamone, Orders, Moss. I still can’t figure out why they lost 2 games in the final 3 contests. South Carolina by 1 TD but Georgia Tech made a rambling wreck out of my alma mater, 42-19. 


    Unfortunately, he wasn’t selected. Maybe he should have stayed an additional year! I hope he finds a good team ri have a free agent contract…


    Will his being snubbed from the draft have any effect on little brother coming out next year or staying another?

    Darius is one of 5 DT’s not drafted.  He was ranked #4 of the 5 left.

    Welp….. on to the free agent pool. Good luck to him.


    DT’s left on the board are in order …..

    •  Marvin Wilson, FSU, Postion rank #8, Overall Rank 111, Grade 70
    • Forrest Merril, Arky St, Postion rank #15, Overall Rank 227, Grade 41
    • Austin Faoliu, Oregon, Postion rank #17, Overall Rank 274, Grade 34
    • Darius Stills, WVU, Postion rank #19, Overall Rank 292, Grade 32
    • Naquan Jones , Mich St,  Postion rank #20, Overall Rank 332, Grade 30

    Overall he was #70 player out of the 107 players left on the board according to ESPiN.



    Another “pretty good” player of that era was
    Chuck Howley, of Warwood, West Virginia, was one of the most impressive all-around athletes in West Virginia University sports history – a rare five-sport letterwinner at WVU who later went on to an All-Pro career with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.

    Competing in track, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling and football, Howley was the first, and likely the last, Mountaineer athlete to win letters in five different sports.

    Howley is a member of the “Cowboy Ring of Honor” and remains a seniors candidate for selection into the NFL Hall of Fame. He also was named an inaugural member of the Mountaineer Legends Society in 2016.

    He was named All-Pro six times while teaming
    with Lee Roy Jordan and Bob Lilly to give the Cowboys one of the most feared defenses in the NFL. Howley played in the 1967 NFL championship game against the Green Bay Packers, known as the “Ice Bowl” and considered one of the most memorable games in NFL history.

    His greatest moment, however, came in Super Bowl V in 1971 playing against the Baltimore Colts. Although Dallas lost the game to Baltimore, 16-13, Howley still won game MVP honors.

    Jerry West duplicated that award in basketball by being named MVP
    of the NBA playoff on the losing team.

    Only two to accomplish this in history!


    Along with Huggins, another insult by a HOF!

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