By Peter Cabrera
It is with great excitement and pride that the Wilson Mules Football Boosters announce that Jersey #10 and #34 will be permanently retired on September 9, 2016. These two jersey numbers are to be retired in honor and recognition of the outstanding athletic achievement of Wilson’s 1996 LA City Football Player of the Year, QB Julio Briones ’97, who wore jersey #10 and Wilson’s record setting Running Back, Arlin Slayton ’96, who wore jersey #34.
The jersey number retirement ceremony will occur during halftime at the “Youth Night” Wilson varsity home game vs the Monroe Vikings. The Youth Night game was selected as a perfect night to recognize these two great athletes as each of them are products of two outstanding local youth sports organizations. Julio Briones came up through the El Sereno Stallions organization and Arlin Slayton came up through the Boyle Heights Wolfpack organization.
QB Julio Briones is credited with leading his Mighty Mules football team to victory in the 1996 LA City Football Championship game vs Van Nuys at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Julio Briones, or “JB” as his teammates referred to him, was an outstanding team leader and Field General. JB used his precision passing skills and team motivating toughness to inspire his teammates to compete at a superior level. The 1996 LA City Football Championship was Wilson’s 5th overall. It had been 18 years since the previous Wilson city championship. As the 1996 LA City Player of the Year, Julio became Wilson’s fourth player to achieve this highly honored status. He shares this lofty title with Randy Garcia ’72, Ron Cuccia ’75, ’76 & ’77, and Steve Clarkson ’78.
Arlin Slayton ’96 was an electrifying All City Running Back who set many Wilson rushing records during his high school career. Many of those records still stand today. Arlin combined speed, agility and punishing power to rush for the most yards in a single game and most yards in a single season. Arlin remains Wilson’s career rushing leader and also has the the record for the most career ‘all purpose’ yards. Arlin twice scored five touchdowns in a single game to also tie that school record.
Please join us on Friday, September 9 at Wilson’s home game vs Monroe to help recognize the remarkable and record setting achievements of these two great Wilson High School athletes. Youth members of the El Sereno Stallion Football and Cheer organization and youth members of the Boyle Heights Wolfpack organization will enter the game free provided they are in uniform. Adult members of the two organizations will also enter the game free provided they have proper photo ID credentials.
JV’s kick off at 4 pm
Varsity kick off at 7 pm