Linfield Wildcats

Jack Ostlund

Athlete 1963 - 1966

Jack Ostlund How much did Jack Ostlund of the Class of 1967 love playing football?

The 1966 NAIA second team All-American’s best stat might be this one: He played in 24 Linfield alumni games, the most recent in 1995 when he was 51 years old.

Ostlund, a standout defensive tackle during his heyday as a Wildcat, was at the heart of some fearsome Linfield defenses. During his four-year run, in which Ostlund started every game, Linfield shut out its opponent 14 times.

“I didn’t score any touchdowns, but I stopped a few of them,” he said.

Ostlund was Linfield’s defensive captain in 1966 and a two-time all-conference selection. In 1965, he played on the Linfield team that beat Sul Ross State (Texas) in the semifinals to reach the NAIA championship game. In 1964, he played in a semifinal at Concordia (Minn.) played in sub-zero temperatures.

After Linfield, Ostlund was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys but an injured leg killed his chance of making the team.

Ostlund, who was coached at Hillsboro High by Linfield Hall of Famer Ad Rutschman, went on to coach at the high-school level at Madison and Lincoln in Portland during the 1970s.

Ostlund originally signed a letter-of-intent to play at Washington State but backed out of it, in part, to stay close to friends going to Linfield, and because he respected then-Linfield coach Paul Durham.