Bob Ferguson was honored as the Best Defensive Player on a team that competed for the NAIA national championship, one of many reasons why the 1965 graduate was chosen for induction into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.
When he arrived at Linfield in 1962, his impact on the football program was immediate. Ferguson started games at four different positions as a freshman, including fullback, defensive back, linebacker and defensive end. Eventually, he found his best position was on the defensive line. During his junior and senior seasons, Ferguson led the Wildcats in tackles, averaging 12 per game. He twice earned all-conference honors and was chosen as an Associated Press Little All-American in 1965.
Ferguson was a member of three Northwest Conference championship teams. During his four seasons as a Wildcat, Linfield teams went undefeated at home and compiled a 32-5-2 record, with two of the losses coming in the NAIA playoffs.
With Ferguson anchoring the defensive front, former Willamette University coach Ted Ogdahl paid the Wildcats the ultimate compliment: “Tackle to tackle, you can’t run against them.”
While earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology and speech, Ferguson was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, the Speech and Debate team, and was senior men’s honorary president of the Cardinal Circle, a club comprised of varsity letterwinners of all sports.
Following graduation, he went on become a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning a Purple Heart in Vietnam as a photo reconnaissance navigator. He discovered his career niche after founding Reps Northwest, an agency representing sporting goods and advertising suppliers.
At age 61, he went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching and became a published author. His recent memoir, Some Days Chicken, Some Days Feathers chronicling his experiences at Linfield and in Vietnam, was published in 2008.
Ferguson and his wife, Ardis, of the Class of 1967, have been married 43 years and have four grown children.