Brushes With Fame
Kittitas County’s Celebrity Connections
Kittitas County boasts a wealth of people with name recognition across the region, the country and in some cases the world. Here are just a few.
Jack PateraFormer NFL Player and Coach, including the Seattle Seahawks 1st Coach
Jack Patera (b. 1933) is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota. Today he is retired and living in the Cle Elum area. He is a former guard, linebacker and coach in the National Football League. He played for the Baltimore Colts, drafted in the fourth round in 1955. He went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. He was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. In 1976 he became the first head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. His career record as a head coach is 35-59-0, all with the Seahawks. Learn more about Jack Patera and the history of the Seattle Seahawks.
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