At Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Jeff was an All-state offensive tackle and defensive lineman during his senior year. He also lettered in wrestling and track and field and is considered among the best athletes from Marysville-Pilchuck High. Jeff was a University of Washington recruit in 1987 and there, he was an offensive lineman who started at three different positions during his career. Jeff was the first true freshman to start on UW’s offensive line in the first 12 years of legendary UW Coach Don James.
During Jeff’s junior year in 1989, the UW went to the Freedom Bowl. In his final season in 1990, the Huskies went to the Rose Bowl and beat Iowa 46-34. During the regular season, the offensive line paved the way for the running backs to rush for an outstanding mark of more than 2,500 yards. This achievement plus winning the Rose Bowl were among Jeff’s highlights as a football player. Also during his last year at the UW, the Huskies offensive line led by Jeff paved the way for the offense to gain nearly 450 total yards per game. To complete this season, Jeff earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
In 1990, Jeff was the Everett Herald Man of the Year in Sports and in September of 2008, he was named by the University of Washington as a HUSKY LEGEND.
After the UW, he played six years in the NFL with the Rams and Falcons. With the Falcons, he reunited with Chris Chandler, his first quarterback at the UW and last in the NFL. After his football career, he became an electrician and became active in coaching youth teams and attending Lake Stevens High School athletic events. He is now thoroughly enjoying being an assistant football coach at Lake Stevens High School.
Jeff and his wife, Debby, have three college age children.