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Bob Grim Ken Taylor Keith Ellison Mike Jorgensen Joey Harrington Reggie Jordan

Bob Grim Ken Taylor Keith Ellison Mike Jorgensen Joey Harrington Reggie Jordan
Bob Grim

Connection: Oregon State wide receiver (1963-66)

Then: Appeared in three Civil Wars, winning all three from 1964 to 1966. The 1964 team was OSU's last to reach the Rose Bowl.

Now: Commercial mortgage broker in Bend. Has a vote in the Harris Poll.

Memory: "I tend to remember less about the games individually and more about the coaches and the players and different incidents that occurred. The first year, in '64, Tommy Prothro was the head coach. Very cerebral. Very strategic in his approach. It was all about outmaneuvering the Ducks. Then my junior and senior year, under Dee Andros, it was all about the right to live in the state of Oregon. It was all emotion. It was extremely emotional."

Grim, who played 11 years in the NFL and appeared in two Super Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings, remembers that during his senior year, Andros routinely reminded the team not to get so excited that they would run past him when the team ran onto the field.

"He always had on his orange slicker and he wanted to make sure that no one ran past him."

Civil War prediction: A very close game.

Ken Taylor

Connection: Oregon State defensive back (1981-84)

Then: Played in four Civil Wars, losing three and experiencing the dreadful 0-0 game of 1983. The Beavers went 6-36-2 during his four years.

Now: Speed and agility trainer for Athletes in Training Inc.

Memory: "We just weren't good. That game (1983) was just cold and both teams were just bad. I had an interception in that game and I've seen the replay. (Back then) I thought my interception was just cool. I thought I stepped in front of the guy and picked the ball off and ran for about 10 yards. No! The ball was underthrown. Popped up in the air, underthrown. I caught it like a punt. It was just bad."

Watching OSU develop into a winning program has been fun for Taylor, who followed up his college career by winning a Super Bowl championship with the Chicago Bears as a rookie.

"The big thing for me and other old guys is that the Oregon State Beavers are relevant. Just in the news. It matters what happens with their schedule, the game, they're just relevant."

Civil War prediction: Beavers by 14.

Keith Ellison

Connection: Oregon State linebacker (2002-05)

Then: Went 2-2 in Civil Wars

Now: Plays for the Buffalo Bills

Memory: "I really didn't get the full scope of how big the rivalry was until the first time that we played them, that first week it actually came up. You could just tell like, the whole city of Corvallis just takes on a different demeanor. The people there, you could feel them a little on edge, the contempt that they have for the University of Oregon. It's just a great rivalry."

His favorite moment came in 2004 when OSU defeated UO 50-21, and he had five tackles, two for loss, including one sack.

"We blew 'em out at home to go to a bowl game and they actually didn't go to a bowl game that year. The best part was just at the end, after we beat them and all the fans came on the field and everything like that."

Civil War prediction: "24-21, we win on a last-second field goal."

Mike Jorgensen

Connection: Oregon quarterback (1981-84)

Then: Went 3-0-1 in Civil Wars

Now: Ducks radio analyst

Memory: It had been a rough year for both programs in 1982 when they met on a rainy day in Corvallis. Both teams were 1-8-1. Still, winning the Civil War was a way to salvage the season.

Jorgensen recalls a sloppy game that led to a 6-0 Oregon State lead with only a few minutes remaining.

On Oregon's final drive, Jorgensen connected with Rourke Lowe on a fourth-down completion in which Lowe slid to make a grab on a "poorly thrown ball." Then came the game-winning touchdown pass to Osborn Thomas in the back corner of the end zone in front of the Oregon section.

"It gives me goose bumps thinking about it right now, 'cause I can shut my eyes and I can picture it like it was yesterday. Seeing him catch that ball, seeing the Ducks fans come out of their seats and yank a sure victory, it looked like, for the Beavers right away from them and we ended up winning 7-6.

"It just seemed like it was the championship game to me as a player even though both teams were very poor."

Civil War prediction: Oregon 35, Oregon State 24

Joey Harrington

Connection: Oregon quarterback (1998-2001)

Then: Won two of three Civil Wars he started

Now: Plays for the New Orleans Saints

Memory: "I don't have many good memories about the Civil War. Even the games we won. It just always seemed to be a miserable game for me."

He played with a separated shoulder in 1999.

"The next year we went down to Corvallis and all we had to do was win to go to the Rose Bowl and I threw five picks and fumbled and haven't been to Corvallis since."

Harrington is from Portland. So even if OSU wins Saturday, would he find some joy in seeing a team from his home state reach the Rose Bowl?

"No! Not at all. I've been told that that will die down as I get older and I just turned 30 and it hasn't gone away at all."

Civil War prediction: Oregon 34, Oregon State 27

Reggie Jordan

Connection: Oregon linebacker (1993-96)

Then: Went 3-1 in Civil Wars

Now: Loan officer in Eugene

Memory: To this day he has nothing but contempt for the Beavers and said he would love nothing more than to see their Rose Bowl hopes dashed Saturday.

"I have no sympathy for the Oregon Agricultural College, as it should be called."

His fondest Civil War memory is ending his college career with a 49-13 win at Corvallis.

"That's just a fitting end to a career to know that your last collegiate game was played at, whatever it's called, whatever that stadium is, and coming out victorious."

The biggest Civil War win, however, came in 1994 when the Ducks won 17-13 to advance to the Rose Bowl.

"Watching (running back) Dino (Philyaw) run that winning touchdown in to seal the victory against them, that was pretty special. Anytime you get to put a good lick on the quarterback, those are always special, but I think watching Dino run that screen play in for a touchdown to win the game, basically that's one of the most special moments that I've ever had."

Civil War prediction: "A lot to a little. Ducks win!"

Aaron Fentress

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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