January 28, 2010
Football and farming have defined a great part of Dean Derby's life. Derby went from Wa-Hi athlete, University of Washington standout and the all-star ranks of the NFL to return to the wheatfields and, now, vineyards of his wife's pioneer family farm. With dog Sage at his side, he holds the game ball from the 1956 Washington-Illinois game where he set the school record for the longest TD run from the line of scrimmage, 92-yards. The record still stands.
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Dean Derby's professional football career led to his being recognized by Wa-Hi's Big Blue Boosters on Friday night, but his family history in the Walla Walla Valley includes much more than athletics.
WALLA WALLA — Dean Derby and Drew Bledsoe have a lot in common.They both played athletics and graduated from Wa-Hi.The two played collegiately at the top level, followed by successful professional careers.Each now has a Walla Walla Valley winery. And, com