Athlete: Steve Emtman, Cheney, Class of 1988 Sports: Football, basketball, track and field High-school rewind: All-American and two-way...

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Athlete: Steve Emtman, Cheney, Class of 1988

Sports: Football, basketball, track and field

High-school rewind: All-American and two-way all-state selection in football, All-Frontier League in basketball and won Class 3A state discus championships his junior and senior seasons. Inducted into Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame last month.

After high school: Played football for Washington, where he was the most decorated defensive lineman in school history and led the Huskies to an unbeaten season and co-national championship. Pac-10 Lineman of Year (1990, 1991) and Heisman Trophy finalist in 1991.

Emtman, a member of the College Football and Huskies halls of fame, was the top overall selection in the 1992 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder played six seasons in the NFL.

Personal: Emtman, 37 and single, splits time between homes in Seattle and the Spokane suburb of Veradale.

Fast forward: After his NFL career ended, Emtman became assistant strength coach for the Huskies football team. Last season, he was a volunteer coach for the Spokane Shock, an Arena Football League 2 team.

Emtman owns a real-estate development company called Defender Developments LLC, and said the leadership and teamwork he learned in sports has served him well.

“In the business world, you try to build on those same things,” he said.

Emtman said he wasn’t highly recruited out of high school.

“I proved that aggressiveness and work ethic can carry you a long way. I wasn’t that far, frankly, from being a walk-on.”

Things have come full circle for Emtman, who grew up on a wheat farm and now sells real estate.

“I’m still turning dirt,” he said.

Zach Landres-Schnur