On Friday night during the Southeast varsity football game versus Decatur Eisenhower, staff members honored Otto Stowe.
This is a particularly special game, as Otto Stowe, NFL Super Bowl champion and 1967 graduate of Feitshans High School, returned to Springfield to present Southeast High School with a commemorative Golden Football during halftime 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 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.
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.
Welcome back, Mr. Stowe!