Otto Stowe, NFL Super Bowl champion and 1967 graduate of Feitshans High School, returns to Springfield this Friday, Sept. 22, to present Southeast High School with a commemorative Golden Football for being a part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.
The program honors the high schools with alumni who have been on an active Super Bowl roster. Mr. Stowe was in the final graduating class at the former Feitshans High School, where he was a multi-sport student athlete. Feitshans closed as a high school in 1967, and Southeast High School from then on served high school students within those boundaries. The building still exists and functions currently as Feitshans Elementary School.
Mr. Stowe will present the Golden Football during a halftime ceremony at Spartan Field on Friday, where Southeast takes on Decatur Eisenhower. Kickoff is at 7 PM.
Mr. Stowe left Springfield to continue his academic and athletic success at Iowa State University. In 1971, he was a first-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins as a wide-receiver and played on two Super Bowl teams with the Miami Dolphins. This included winning one Super Bowl on the Dolphins 17-0 Perfect Season Team. Mr. Stowe also played with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and retired with the Los Angeles Rams.
After his retirement he worked as a receivers coach for Washington State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Mississippi State University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Ergonomics/Health Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Stowe attended Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and he and his wife Judie formed Organic Sports. They currently reside in Santa Barbara.
Mr. Stowe remains an active member of the National Football League Players Association and an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He and the rest of the 1972 Miami Dolphins will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the only “Perfect Season” by an NFL team this year.
This is the second time that Southeast High School has been presented with a Golden Football. The late Herb McMath, a 1972 graduate of Southeast High School and 1976 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl champ, gave the honor in January 2016, several months prior to his passing. Southeast is the only school in Springfield to have alumni on an active Super Bowl roster.