Here are some updates on Grizzlies who won more than their share of games; they’re introduced by their last year with UM:
Larry Clarkson was a rarity when he played for the Griz: a 300-pounder. After leaving UM having played in the most games in school history, the 6-foot-7 offensive lineman was drafted in the eighth round by the 49ers and the first round by the CFL BC Lions. He played five seasons with BC and one with Calgary. Somewhere in there he “fell in love with a Canadian girl” named Dana, to whom he’s been married 23 years. They have five kids age 22 to 10: Zach, Tom, Matt, Annie and Kota-Jean. Tom plays football for Bobby Hauck at UNLV. Clarkson has been a firefighter with the Delta Fire Department near Vancouver, B.C., since 1995.
Ranked fifth in career tackles when he left UM in ’93, Todd Ericson is still ranked 12th these days with 287. The Butte native lives is Sammamish, Wash., with his wife of 15 years, Angela and daughters Wynn (10), Rhen and Hollis (twins, age 6) and son Crew (4). Ericson has been in medical sales for 13 years, the last 10 as a sales manager for the Preventive Care Division of Myriad Genetics.
Damon Boddie led the Griz in rushing in 1993-94 after transferring from American River Junior College, and had a memorable kick return for a TD in the 1993 playoffs against Delaware. In 1999, Boddie enlisted in the army; he has proudly served his country in Kosovo, Iraq, Korea and, currently, Afghanistan. Married for 15 years, he has children aged 15, 10 and 5. If any Griz fans would like to send morale gifts to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, Boddie says postmark them to SSG Boddie, Damon, 1086 396th Transportation Compman, Bagram Airfield, APO AE 09354.
Raul Pacheco left UM ranked No. 4 in career receiving yards, with 2,527. Now a regional manager for Widex USA, a hearing aids manufacturer out of Denmark, he’s lived in Houston 6 years. He and his wife, Brenda, have a 2-year-old girl.
With 1,868 yards, Travis Walker left UM as the Grizzlies’ 12th-leading receiver. The Plentywood product works for Total Home, building houses, and is in the process of moving back to Missoula after a short stay in Helena. His wife, the former Catie McEmurry, is a pharmacist at Community Hospital. The couple have three kids: Lani, 9, Grady, 7, and Bayley, 3.
Josh Swogger quarterbacked the ’06 Griz to a 12-2 mark after transferring over from Washington State. Degree already in hand, Swogger headed back to his native Ohio, had tryouts with the Chiefs, Bills and Falcons in the NFL and played a year of Arena Football. From there he dabbled in his family’s commercial cleaning company before turning to financial services in 2009, and became a licensed insurer with Western and Southern Financial Group in Youngstown, Ohio, in May of 2010. Swogger and his wife Angie, have three girls: Abigail, 4, Madison, 2, and Gabrielle, just two months.