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October 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Warren Moon, former Mercer Island basketball coach Ed Pepple to be inducted into Washington Sports Hall Of Fame

Former UW and Seahawks quarterback Warren Moon will join former Mercer Island coach Ed Pepple in being inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday before the Seahawks’ game against Minnesota.

Pepple is the winngest basketball coach in Washington high school history, compiling a record of 952-306 over a 52-year career. He spent 42 years as the head coach at Mercer Island, where he won state four times, finishes second four times and won 23 league titles.

He was also the national coach of the year in 1988 and produced two NBA players.

Below is the full press release:

Retired quarterback Warren Moon and retired Mercer Island

basketball coach Ed Pepple will be inducted in to the State of Washington

Sports Hall of Fame Sunday at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’ game

against Minnesota.

Moon, the color commentator on Seahawk broadcasts, is already

in both the National Football League and Canadian Football League halls of

fame. He made his first national splash by being named players of the game

in quarterbacking the University of Washington over Michigan 27-20 in the

1977 Rose Bowl.

Moon spent six years with Edmonton in the CFL and in that span

the Eskimos won five Grey Cups. He then started a 17-year NFL career that

took him to Houston, Minnesota, Seattle (1997, 1998) and Kansas City.

Moon ranked third all-time in NFL passing percentage and fourth in

touchdown passes at the time of his retirement. He was a three-time NFL

All-Pro selection and was named to nine Pro Bowl teams

Pepple is the winningest basketball coach in Washington high

school history with a 952-306 record. He coached for 52 years, 42 of them as

head coach at Mercer Island High School where the Islanders won state

championships in 1985, 1993, 1997 and 1999. His teams finished second four

times and he won 23 league championships.

More than 80 of his players went on to play in college and two

played in the NBA. He was national coach of the year in 1988 and has been

inducted into several halls of fame, including those of the National High

School Coaches Association and Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches

Association.

Other members of the 2012 class of inductees are jockey Russell

Baze, quarterback Drew Bledsoe, soccer coach Cliff McCrath, and the late

Seattle Rainiers owner Emil Sick. The State of Washington Sports Hall of

Fame was started by sportscaster Clay Huntington of Tacoma in 1960 and now

has 178 members.

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