Prior to becoming a three-sport professional athlete (minor league baseball, football and boxing), Charlie Powell was a four-sport high school terror. Powell, who went straight from his high school squad to the San Francisco 49ers defensive line and later the Oakland Raiders, is still referred to reverentially by those who watched the man-child on the prep fields for San Diego High School.
Rick Smith, one-time PR Director for the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams, is arguably the single-most knowledgeable person in the world when it comes to the history of San Diego-area high school athletics. Along that line, Smith and Henrik Jonson have developed a website dedicated to documenting San Diego prep sports history, with a special nod to football. One of Smith’s latest articles focuses on Charlie Powell, and his time spent on Duane Maley’s gridiron squads. You can find the article HERE.