John Lee is among the most gifted all-around athletes ever to wear a Linfield College uniform. He is one of only a few athletes ever to participate in the national playoffs in three different sports.
A natural athlete who was adept at whatever sport he attempted, Lee lettered in football, basketball and baseball before graduating in 1967.
In baseball, Lee received honorable mention All-America acclaim while leading the Wildcats to a 26-9 record and the 1966 NAIA championship. Hitting .327 with three home runs and 20 RBIs, Lee was an all-conference, all-district and all-NAIA tournament selection.
In basketball, Lee earned three letters in 1963, '64 and '65. During his final two seasons under Hall of Fame Coach Ted Wilson, the Wildcats won the Northwest Conference title and qualified for the NAIA championship tournament. In 1965, Lee averaged 14.1 points as Linfield posted a 21-7 record. The Wildcats' postseason ended abruptly in an 87-84 first-round loss to Oklahoma Baptist at the NAIA touranment. The next season, the Wildcats went 23-6 as Lee averaged 11.1 points. Linfield again reached the national touranment, only to fall 95-81 to Lakeland College (Wis.).
Playing football under Hall of Fame Coach Paul Durham, Lee lettered twice in 1964 and 1966. He averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 1966, the third-highest average in school history. Lee totaled 30 career receptions, six of which went for touchdowns. He also was the Wildcats' placekicker, successfully converting 19 of 32 attempts.