Career Stats: Passed for 4,969 career yards in high school, Named ABC News Person of the Week
Three years ago quarterback Nate Haasis lost an Illinois passing record but earned something far more valuable: Respect.
Haasis was a 17-year-old star at Southeast High in Springfield, Ill. With his team trailing Cahokia High by 16 points in the final game of his senior season, both teams' coaches agreed to let Southeast score a touchdown so that Haasis could break the Central State Eight Conference passing record. The deal was cut unbeknownst to Haasis, who then completed an uncontested 37-yard pass to finish with 5,006 career passing yards. But Haasis didn't feel like a record holder. Three days later he wrote to the conference director and asked for the pass to be removed from the record books. His request was granted, and his gesture made national news. Today, Haasis remains in second place among Central State Eight career passers. "I kept thinking of the guy who had the record before me," he said. "I mean, his teammates fought for every yard he got. And then I get mine this way? It just seemed wrong."