High School: Delta
College: American River, University of Illinois
* NFL Career: 8 Years (New England, New York Jets)
* 11,142 Career Passing Yards
* 61 Career Touchdowns
* 79.7 Career QB Rating
* Broke 5 NCAA Passing records and tied 4 others
Tony Eason was a dynamic and gifted quarterback from Delta High School in Clarksburg. He played two years at American River College and then transferred to the University of Illinois. In his debut season, he led the Big Ten in passing efficiency and total offense and set nine conference records; including records for total offense, completions, passing yardage, and passing touchdowns. He was also named the All Big 10 quarterback for the Associated Press.
As a senior, Tony accumulated a school record 3,671 passing yards and led the Illini to its first appearance in a bowl games since 1964. He also broke five NCAA passing records and tied four more. The NCAA records he set included: most total yards per game in a career, most passing yards per game in a career, most completions per game in a career, and most total yards in first two seasons. Tony still holds eight school records.
Tony was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (15th overall) of the famous 1983 NFL Draft which also included fellow Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Ken O'Brien. In the 1985 season, Tony helped the Patriots clinch a playoff berth. He led the charge as they became the first team in NFL history to win three games on the road to reach the Super Bowl. Tony would pass for 11,142 total career yards with 61 touchdowns in his eight-year career.