John PetitbonFootball, 1944-57
Jesuit High School/Notre Dame/NFL
Of all the outstanding high school football players in the “Golden Age” of the 1940s, Petitbon stands out as the greatest. A letterman in three sports, he became Jesuit’s starting tailback as a 14-year-old sophomore in 1944. He led the city in rushing and scoring and ranked second in passing as a junior in leading the Blue Jays to a perfect 13-0 record. Jesuit won every game by two or more touchdowns and scored a 48-14 victory over Jennings in the Class 2A finals. In 1946 Jesuit became the only school to win championships in all four major sports in the top classification of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association in the same calendar year, and Petitbon starred on three of them. He went on to make his mark in the record book at Notre Dame but had a pro career shortened by the Korean War.