Jack Tompson went to college at Washington State University, where he set numerous school, Pac-10 and NCAA records from 1975-1978. He is known as "The Throwin' Samoan," a nickname that was bestowed on him during his breakout sophomore season at Washington State University. He concluded his college career in 1978 as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, throwing for 7,818 yards. He set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and TD passes. He was all-conference three times and either first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-American three times. He is one of only two players in WSU history to have his number retired. He finished ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1978. His prowess led the Cincinnati Bengals to make him the third overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played for Cincinnati from 1979-82. In 1983 he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and became the team's starting quarterback. Jack retired from the NFL in 1984.