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“I am honored to be part of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.  My accomplishments are all due to tremendous coaching and teammates I’ve had, and all the love the city of Sacramento has given me from the very beginning.”  To be recognized is a true honor for me.” 

Gerald Willhite

Professional Football

High School:  Rancho Cordova
College:  American River, San Jose State

* NFL Career: 7 Years (Denver)

* 2 Time AFC Champion (1986, 1987)
* 2nd Team All-Pro (1986)

* 3455 yards Rushing and Receiving


Gerald was born and raised in Sacramento where he attended Cordova High School.  He did not play football until his sophomore year at American River College; and only tried out on a dare. Gerald would go on to break every record possible at ARC. 


He was heavily recruited by several Division 1 schools and chose to attend San Jose State University.  Gerald became a leader for the Spartans and led the Western Athletic Conference in rushing, while once again breaking school records.  For his amazing accomplishments, he was nominated for the Heisman trophy his senior year.

In 1982, Gerald was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round (21st overall) in the 1982 NFL Draft.  He played for the Broncos from 1982 to 1988 with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.  He was a dual threat as both a runner and pass catcher out of the backfield.  He totaled over 3,400 yards in his career with 22 touchdowns averaging 4.4 yards per carry.  

Gerald was part of two AFC Championship teams with the Broncos in 1986 and 1987 and played in Super Bowl XXI against the New York Giants and Super Bowl XXII versus the Washington Redskins.  He was 2nd team All-Pro during the 1986 season. 


Gerald will always be remembered as one of best running backs to ever come from Sacramento who dominated in college and the NFL.  He was an electric runner who was one of the most versatile players during his time.  He currently lives Folsom and had several successful businesses in the restaurant industry.   Gerald is proud of his Sacramento roots and growing up in Rancho Cordova.