The thing everybody remembers first about Vic Fox the football player is how hard he hit opponents.
"It was, 'Get the number of that freight truck,' " said his teammate, Howard Morris, whom Fox joins in the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame this year. Morris and Fox were twin fireplugs -- playing offensive guard and linebacker in the days of two-way football. Vic was recruited by three Pac-10 colleges out of Cottage Grove High, but chose Linfield because he wanted to play baseball as well. He played baseball for two years here, but he was born to be a linebacker.
"He liked contact about as much as anybody I ever coached," said his coach and charter Hall of Fame member Paul Durham. "He was fearless and strong and tough." Morris recalls, "Sometimes he would make a huge hit and both he and the ballcarrier would be staggering around. We'd line Vic up in the right place and he'd go make another huge hit."
Morris says Fox's "best hit of all four years we played together was one he laid on an all-conference running back named Ed Lodge from College of Idaho on the sideline. It knocked him clear across the track and into the stands."
This was the kind of play that earned Fox a place on three All-America teams (Associated Press, Williamson System and NAIA) in 1956, All-Northwest Conference honors three years in a row (1955-56-57) and Little All Coast honors in 1956-57. And it is why, shortly after his senior season in 1957, Linfield retired his Number 47, at the same time it retired Morris's number 43. In 43 years since, no football number has been retired. In 1990, he was inducted into the NAIA District 2 Player Hall of Fame.
When Vic Fox's own prodigious hitting ended following his graduation from Linfield (Bachelor of Science in education in 1958 and master's in 1959), his career of teaching others how to play began. He was a graduate assistant football coach at Linfield in 1959 and followed with a 33-year career of teaching and coaching: At Gold Beach High ('59-'60), Yamhill-Carlton High ('60-'64) and 27 years at Molalla Union High, where he spent 18 years on the administrative team. He coached wrestling, track and field and baseball in addition to football.
Fox retired from public education in 1991 and resides in Molalla.