John Didion

31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.30 - John Didion

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31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.30 - John Didion

Didion was at the center, pun intended, of the success at the famed 1967 “Giant Killers” of Oregon State University. Didion anchored a tough, hard-nosed OSU offensive line, and twice earned All-America honors. He went on to be drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft.

Didion showed off his athleticism and versatility playing the first two seasons of his NFL career as a linebacker for the Redskins. He was traded to the Saints in 1971 and would move back to the center position. Didion’s quarterback that first year in New Orleans was a then 22-year-old rookie by the name of Archie Manning.

Didion passed away in 2013. He was 66.