Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 23 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.
Number of the day: 23
That’s the number of yards per catch 1991 Tech Memorial graduate Dietrich Jells averaged for his career.
Jells totaled 1,347 yards on 57 receptions for the Centaurs. He still holds the District 10 Class AAA boys record in the 100-meter dash (10.57 seconds), which was the kind of speed that led to his successful recruitment by the University of Pittsburgh football team.
At the time he left the Panthers, Jells was the program’s all-time leader in receptions (160) and yards (3,003).
Kansas City picked Jells in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL draft, but he never played a down for the Chiefs. His rookie season was spent with the New England Patriots, who reached Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers.
Jells also played for the Philadelphia Eagles over a four-year career that saw him record 12 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
– Mike Copper