Al Pettyplace is a lifelong Saginaw area resident having graduated from Sts. Peter & Paul High School in 1960 where loved sports, especially football. He played four years of varsity and was Freshman MVP, Team MVP as a senior, 1st Team All Conference twice, 1st Team All State and eventually inducted into Sts. Peter & Paul’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
In college, he was a starter as a freshman at Augustana, but then transferred to Hillsdale. He started there as an offensive lineman for three years under legendary Coach Muddy Waters. He was named an All State Collegiate Team player his senior year. Professionally, Al was an All-Star with the Flint Blue Devils and signed with the Houston Oilers of the AFL. He played for the Toronto Rifles of the United Football League in Canada, the Grand Rapids Blazers, and turned down a tryout with the Chicago Bears.
Opting next for coaching and teaching, he led St. Charles High School to a #7 ranking in the state of Michigan in 1973. He assisted Muddy Waters in starting the Saginaw Valley State University football program in 1974 (through 1977) and next led Carrollton High School to its first ever conference title in 1978. He had coaching stints at Sts. Peter & Paul, MacArthur, Heritage, and Birch Run High Schools and Eastern Michigan University, as well.
Al has lived in the Birch Run countryside over 20 years with wife June, having raised boys Devin and AJ, and is now retired.
SAGINAW COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME