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Northwest Bearcats

Steve Savard

In the spring of 1982, a young football player from Parkway North High School in St. Louis committed to play for the Bearcats. Steve Savard would end up being one of the greatest linebackers to ever put on a Northwest uniform. He made an immediate impact in his first campaign, leading the team in interceptions.

He would go on to be a cornerstone piece that helped transform the Bearcat football program. In his first few years they fought to reach the .500 mark but eventually won an MIAA title and earned a trip to the 1984 playoffs, the first-ever bid to the NCAA D-II playoffs for the program. Although the Bearcats would fall in that game, Savard made his mark on the big stage with an 11 tackle performance. He went on to imprint his name all over the record books, leading the team in tackles three times during his career – including 142 tackles in 1984 ranking as the sixth best mark in school history and 146 tackles in 1985 which ranks second all time. He would finish his career with 441 total tackles – the second best mark in school history.

His Northwest success led to an opportunity to continue playing football in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. After his NFL career concluded, Savard found his new passion behind the camera first as a sportscaster and now at the anchor desk for Channel 4 KMOV in St. Louis. He is a six-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and also serves as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Rams.

Steve is currently living in Chesterfield.