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Rick Garrett
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2002 Individual Award Winner


 

As a basketball player at Centralia High School, Garrett etched his name in the record books alongside some elite company. His career point total of 1,570 (in three seasons) places him behind only Dwight Eddleman and Bobby Joe Mason. His single season total of 724 points places him fourth on the list behind Eddleman (twice) and Cliff Berger.

Named the 1995 CHS Male Athlete of the Year, Garrett averaged 24.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game his Senior year, and received Associated Press Second Team All-State honors. The team finished 27-2 and advanced to the Super Sectional. He also played on teams that were 23-7 (1993, Super Sectional) and 24-4 (1994). 

He received South Seven Conference Second Team honors in 1993, First Team 1994, and was league MVP in 1995. Garrett also received MVP awards at the Centralia Holiday Tournament (1994) and the Salem Tournament (1994, 1995). He scored 23 points in the Southern Illinois Lionís Club All-Star game.  Garrett was also named MVP of the 1991 Centralia Junior High Tigers 23-0 state championship basketball team.

On the football field, Garrett was also a force to be reckoned with. In 1993, he caught 30 passes for 675 yards and 6 TDs, and his Senior year (1994) he caught 25 passes for 500 yards and 5 TDs while kicking for an average of 35 yards per punt and a 43 yard field goal. He was also named first team South Seven All-Conference Wide Receiver.

Garrett accepted a football scholarship to Illinois State University where he was red-shirted his first year. But by the time he was a Junior in 1998, he was named NCAA Division 1-AA All-American. His Senior year (1999) the team went 11-3 and climbed to the semi-finals of the Division 1-AA playoff before falling to Georgia Southern 28-17.

At one time, he held eight ISU football records. As of 2008, Garrett still holds ISU records for single seaons pass receptions (13), and single game TD catches of 4 (twice). He ranks second in the following ISU record categories:

CAREER - receiving yards (2,719), TD catches (22), total catches (177)
SINGLE SEASON - catches (74), receiving yards (1,175)
SINGLE GAME - receiving yards (259).

After college he signed a rookie free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. He was released from that contract in August of 2000.

 

 

 

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