When Drew Fisher thinks about being inducted into the Linfield University Athletics Fall of Fame, he can't help but look back at his time at Centennial High School.
"(At Centennial) we had the same group of kids that I had grown up with all of my life and some great coaches," Fisher remembers. "It was a good little band of brothers that we had. We knew each other so well and it was a joy to go on the field every time."
Now working for Nike in Hillsboro with his wife, Jennifer, Fisher said he still enjoys reminiscing about his years as high school and college athlete.
"(In high school) head coach Chris Knudsen really had to wrangle us together," Fisher said. "He really influenced me out there and helped me become the person I am today."
Although Fisher attributes many of his accolades to good coaching and his fellow teammates, his amazing play and stats at Centennial and Linfield are hard to overlook.
At Centennial, in addition to playing defensive back, Fisher was also a wide receiver. Fisher earned five varsity letters in football and baseball and was also named captain for both teams.
He earned Mt. Hood Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive back. He was also named all-conference and all-state honors in football and baseball. In his senior year he participated in the Les Schwab Bowl and the Class 6A baseball all-star game. In his final year at Centennial, he led the Eagles in tackles, averaged 18.5 yards per catch, scored 20 touchdowns and tied the school record for most doubles in baseball.
After finishing his time at Centennial, it wasn't hard to see that Fisher was more than capable of playing college ball the real question was where he would play.
"Going to Linfield was in part thanks to coach Knudsen," Fisher said. "He had taken us to Linfield for football camp every year, and on the school's part they did a great job in staying in contact with me, so it wasn't a herd decision."
When he reached Maxwell Field at Linfield, Fisher exploded onto the scene. The freshman business major finished as the team's sixth-leading tackler with 21 stops and was voted the Wildcats' rookie of the year.
Fisher would continue showing off his defensive dominance as he led the Wildcats in tackles for three straight seasons as a defensive back. In 2011 Fisher was recognized as the NWC Defensive Player of the Year and was a three-time Division III All-American. Fisher was also a member of four straight NWC championship teams and helped Linfield reach the 2009 Division III semifinals.
"Those were some great teams, and I was surrounded by some amazing players, and I just happened to be one of the players that got the accolades," Fisher said. "They were really some of the most well-rounded teams out there."
Fisher will officially be inducted to the university's athletics hall of fame in November 2022 with five other members.
With the many accolades and accomplishments in and out of athletics, Fishers said he wouldn't have gotten this far without the guidance and dedication from his parents.
"I have to give it to my folks," Fisher said. "They were always there, pushed me to go to the camps that I wanted to and just to be a curious about sports and what I could do."
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