October 2011- Moon Valley High School
dedicated its football field to NFL star and former coach Earl Putman at its September 30 football game. Coach Putman was the head coach at Moon Valley for twenty-five years and led the team to a state victory and four league victories.
After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Putman began his NFL career playing for the Chicago Cardinals in 1957. He was known as "the biggest man in pro ball" during that time, standing at six feet six inches tall, and weighing 308 pounds.
Putman became Moon Valley's head football coach in 1964, and that is where he stayed for the next twenty-five years. Because of his long and successful career, he was honored as the high school coach of the year in 1982 and 1986, and he has been inducted into the Arizona High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Even after his retirement, Putman remained active in the high school football community for the rest of his life. He was active in the free physicals for teen athletes program, which screens young men and women who wish to participate in sports at no cost to them.
Coach Putman was chosen by Moon Valley because of his unwavering commitment to athletics, his positive attitude in times of victory and loss, and the great example he provided to his students.