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August 27, 2010
Irrelevant Week XXXV, the annual Newport Beach event that celebrates the final pick in the NFL draft, generated more than $30,000 for Goodwill of Orange County's fitness center, event organizers said. Tim Toone, a receiver-kick returner from Weber State University was this year's honoree after being taken No. 255 by the Detroit Lions. Irrelevant Week, created by Newport Beach resident Paul Salata, who played football in the NFL and at USC, has raised more than $1 million for Orange County charities.
November 30, 2007
Add another parallel to the list of similarities between Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart. Barkley, the junior starting quarterback at Mater Dei High and a Newport Beach resident, was named the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year Friday. Barkley is the second player from Mater Dei to receive the honor. Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former Monarch Matt Leinart was the first. The buzz surrounding Barkley, one of the top college football prospects in the country, suggests that he has the potential to become Mater Dei’s third Heisman trophy winner after Leinart (2004)
January 22, 2008
Newport Beach residents Matt Barkley and Robbie Boyer, who starred for the Mater Dei High football team last fall, have been named all-state by Barkley, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior quarterback, made the first-team offense, after completing 213 of 346 passes for 3,576 yards and 35 touchdowns, with just nine interceptions in 11 games for the Monarchs. Barkley, a three-year starter, was previously honored as the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and was the inaugural recipient of the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year award, given to the top quarterback in the nation.
March 29, 2008
QB SCHOOL TODAY Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, a Mater Dei High football standout, is a featured participant in the inaugural Steve Clarkson Quarterback Academy sessions that take place today and Sunday at Glendale Community College. The event is sold out, but there are 125 positions open at the Academy’s next stop: Ambassador College in Pasadena April 12 and April 13. There will also be a Clarkson event in Orange County June 21 and June 22. For more information, go to www.debartolosportsu.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | December 13, 2007
Newport Beach resident and Mater Dei High junior quarterback Matt Barkley will officially be named the Gatorade National Player of the Year during a school assembly at Mater Dei this morning. Barkley, a three-year starter, becomes the first non-senior to win the award. He was named California’s Gatorade Player of the Year in November. He was the second football player in Monarchs history to be named a finalist for the Player of the Year award. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart was the first to claim that statewide honor.
By Steve Virgen | September 8, 2009
During the second week of being a quarterback when Matt Barkley was in the sixth grade, he did something that showed why he’s now the starting signal caller for the No. 3-ranked college football team in the nation. Back then Barkley was just learning while playing in the Newport-Mesa Junior All-American Pee-Wee Division. But he still flashed glimpses that he had the potential to become the first true freshman to start at USC. Sure there were signs there with the Seahawks that gave a spark of an indication that he could dazzle in his debut, a Trojans’ 56-3 rout of San Jose State Saturday.
By Steve Virgen | March 21, 2013
For Matt Barkley Thursday was a return to the school where he made his name and received an honor that football coach Bruce Rollinson said was long overdue. Jon Walters called his feat a culmination of the work he had put in during his time at Mater Dei High. Barkley and Walters, both from Newport Beach, were honored during a special all-sports rally at Mater Dei. Barkley had his jersey retired and put into a display case at the school's gym. Walters put in a robe, a symbol for the greatness he produced as a water polo player.
By Leigh Steinberg | December 24, 2011
Kosher Claus wants to wish all of his readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. My father wanted us to feel comfortable in a primarily Christian country and we were the luckiest kids in the neighborhood. We received presents for eight nights of Chanukah and then found stockings and more gifts on Christmas morning. I figured out later that my Dad really liked dressing up as Santa Claus and loved to give gifts. Remember the spirit of the holidays - love, family, faith as well as food and presents.
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