Steve Thompson, by the time he finished attending Lake Stevens schools from K through 12 and graduating in 1963, had been the student body vice president as a junior, the senior class president, a three year letterman in football and basketball, had earned 1st team all-league honors for both sports in his junior and senior years, and had been honored as most inspirational and team captain.
Before Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Art in 1968 from the University of Washington, he played football for the Huskies, starring as a defensive lineman and earning 1st Team All PAC-8 honors as a junior and senior. He was named Everett Man of the Year in Sports in 1967, U of W Athlete of the Year (the Brian Sternberg Award) in 1968, and capped his collegiate career as an All-American that same year. He played in two post season games as a senior: the Coaches All American Game, and the East-West Shrine Game, where he earned the defensive “Player of the Game” award. Drafted in the 2nd round by the New York Jets in 1968, Steve played in the 1969 Super Bowl III when Joe Namath "guaranteed the victory" over the powerful Baltimore Colts and led them to a 16-7 victory and the World Championship. Stephen played six years for the Jets, one year with The World Football League Portland Storm and finished his professional career in 1975 with the B.C. Lions.
In 1985, Stephen returned to Lake Stevens to marry his high school sweetheart Starla Davies. They have seven wonderful children (six sons and one daughter). Six attended Lake Stevens High School; four sons played football for the Vikings, and two played basketball and earned various awards: inspirational, coaches award, most improved player, all WESCO offense and defense, and scholar/athlete honors. Stephen and Starla received a WESCO Sportsmanship Award in 1998.