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  Legend of the Game


Lance Westendorf

Cowlitz, Co. Cavaliers, Pierce Co. Bengals, Puget Sound Jets, Eastside Hawks




When the millennium turned, the Washington semi pro scene was dominated by the "super teams" and if you wanted to be one of those teams you needed Lance Westendorf under center.  A standout athlete in high school, Lance went to college as a basketball player for Southwest Oklahoma State, but his legend in the Northwest was as the quarterback of the Puget Sound Jets and Eastside Hawks, both appearing in AFA National Championship games.

But it didn't start there.  Westendorf debuted in southern Washington in 1996 with the Cowlitz County Cavaliers were he earned Honorable Mention in the NWFL despite the team having a losing record.  The Pierce County Bengals were able to lure him north for the 1997-1998 seasons where he earned back-to-back All-America honors (honorable mention) after 9-win seasons.  2000 dawned the era of the "Superteam" when the Puget Sound Jets were able to put together a team of talent from around the area and the final piece was Westendorf who led the team to a 16-0 season and his first of three MVP awards.  He led the 2002 team again to an undefeated 11-0 season and the AFA National Crown and his own AFA Most Valuable Player award and consensus All-America honors.  When the Jets folded after that win, Westendorf and many of his teammates went to the Eastside Hawks who made it to the National Championship game in Florida only to come up short against the Kane County Eagles.  Westendorf would step away from the game following that run as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NWFL history.  Westendorf still holds many NWFL records and can be found in a number of GNFA Regional categories for all-time records.

2003 Eastside Hawks; 2nd Team All-NWFL; AFA Championship Game


2002 Puget Sound Jets: AFA National Champions

American Football Association Most Valuable Player; 1st Team All-American; NFE Honorable Mention


2001 Puget Sound Jets 1st Team All-NWFL; AFA 3rd Team All-American; NFE 3rd Team All-American



2000 Puget Sound Jets 1st Team All-NWFL; NWFL Offensive Player of the Year


1998 Pierce County Bengals Record: 2nd Team All-NWFL; NFE Honorable Mention All-America; Team Record 91.8% Completion Percentage in a Game;


1997 Pierce County Bengals NWFL 1st Team All-League; AFA Honorable Mention


1996 Cowlitz County Cavaliers Honorable Mention All-NWFL