Chet Lacheta of Bloom Township in Chicago Heights, a 6-3, 260-pound offensive lineman, is the Chicago area's lone representative on Parade magazine's 1988 high school All-America football team.

Chet Lacheta 

High School: Earned All-S.I.C.A. East honors, all-area selection by the Star Newspapers, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Daily Southtown . . . Named an all-state selection by IHSA Coaches Association, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and the Chicago Tribune . . . Member of Tom Lemming's Top 24 Reebok All-America team featured at Disney World. . . Played center, tackle, defensive line and linebacker in high school … High school coach was Tony Pietrzak . . . Earned four letters in football, four in baseball, and one in wrestling . . . Earned high honor roll and honor roll accolades at Bloom Trail.


He attended training camp with the Bears in 2002 and the San Diego Chargers in 2003. Butkus also playedcenter for the Rhein Fire (2003) and Cologne Centurions (2004) of NFL Europe. He attended Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois and the University of Illinois.

Mythical State Champs 1957


1964-65 Conference back to back  CONFERENCE champs

 Joe Smalzer played football at the University of Illinois and eventually got drafted in 1976 by the Cleveland Browns. He was then contracted by the Washington Redskins.

Joe Smalzer '71

Leroy Jackson was a running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Western Illinois University and is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.  On Dec. 8, 1962, his 23rd birthday, Jackson caught an 85-yard touchdown pass for the Redskins from quarterback Norm Snead. 

Leroy Jackson '58

Bryant Young  '90  



Ernie Turner, Coaching Staff                                     Tony Palombi, Coaching Staff               Dan Rusk, Coaching Staff

Pete Gergel,  Coach, Notre Dame Grad.                 ​Mike Alexander, Football Alum

Bryant Colby Young (born January 27, 1972) is a former American football defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). A first round draft pick out of University of Notre Dame, he played the defensive tackle position.

Young was a three-year starter for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, lettering all 4 years from 1990 to 1993. As a senior, he was an All-American selection, and had 6.5 sacks and 67 tackles. As a junior, he was an Honorable Mention All-American selection and garnered 7.5 sacks. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1994 with a major in marketing. 

Young played defensive tackle for the San Fransisco 49ers from 1994-2008 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1990s, appearing in four Pro Bowls and winning the Super Bowl during his rookie season.

Ricky Young  '77 was drafted by the Chicago Bears. He attended Oklahoma State.

Ricky Young '77  

Bloom Trail

Bryant Young '90

Derrick Walker Bloom ' 85 was drafted in 1990 by the San Diego Chargers until 1993, played with Kansas City Chiefs 94-97, and Oakland Raiders in 1998. 

Derrick Walker '85

Oliver Alexander class of '69 was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1974 after playing for Grambling State.

Oliver Alexander '69

Bruce Green '62 was named to the All-State team in high school and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1967.

Bruce Green '62