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Tom Kitchens, Millennium Hall of Fame

February 26, 2001

the other side of the ball on a Giddings squad that also featured wide

receiver Ho Truong and defensive back Tom Spangler.

As a junior, Kitchens played tight end -- "although they never threw

the ball to me," he quipped -- and defensive tackle as Newport Harbor

produced a Sea View League title and 8-3-1 record, also reaching the CIF

Central Conference quarterfinals.

"I'd say Mike Giddings the coach was one of the more important things

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about my experience," Kitchens said. "He was so great for younger guys,

those of us developing and getting into our adult years."

Kitchens went on to play junior varsity football and rugby at the Air

Force Academy, then continued his athletic career as a self-described

"scrummy," a rugby term for "one of the bigger guys who interlock and

compete over the ball ... the backs are the faster guys and they tend to

do a lot of opening field running, like in football. I was a total

scrummy in both football and rugby."

His experience in football's two-a-day summer practices helped groom

Kitchens for an 11-month pilot training program after graduating from the

Air Force Academy.

"You eat, breath and sleep nothing but flying," said Kitchens, who

took up his wings in 1990.

Kitchens became disgruntled with a desk job for a few years, before

going back up in the sky in 1995.

Kitchens, the latest member of the Daily Pilot Sports Hall of Fame to

be honored, is engaged to be married and lives in downtown Seattle.

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