CALEXICO â€” Local 1960s Calexico High School football legend, the late Julio Espinosa De Los Monteros, was recognized Friday afternoon at Applebeeâ€™s Restaurant in Calexico by family, friends, and former teammates for his induction into the Calexico Bulldog and Imperial Valley Coaches’ Football Halls of Fame.
As a four-year varsity letterman, three time All Valley Offensive/ Defensive athlete, 1964 most valuable player, and team captain, Monteros was a standout selection, meeting all requirements to become an Imperial Valley Hall of Fame Award recipient.
â€œHe was a hard runner and ferocious tackler, but at the same time, had a smile that would light up the room,â€ said Victor Carrillo of the Bulldogs Class of ’68.
Monteros was inaugurated by the Bulldog Alumni and Imperial Valley Coaches’ Association to represents Calexicoâ€™s 1960s decade in 2007. The committee, which consists of former retired coaches, has been honoring Imperial Valley 1950s-1970s athletes for the past 20 years.
Unfortunately, Monteros passed away in Huntington Beach on February 9, and was never formally honored locally for his accomplishments by family and loved ones.
John Moreno and Victor Carrillo of Bulldog Radio were contacted by the Monterosâ€™ family, and along with the assistance of Calexico Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hildy Carrillo, Bulldog Alumni Chairman Mike Charles, and Alumni Network Coordinator Victor Esquer, a Calexico Bulldog Football home game meet and greet and coin toss ceremony was coordinated.
Julio Espinosa de los Monterosâ€™ grandson, Gio Camarena, a senior fullback of Southwest High School, was selected as a commemorative captain at Friday nightâ€™s final regular season game against Calexico to receive his grandfather’s Hall of Fame Trophy that was Â by Bob Mejia.
â€œEven though heâ€™d run over you in practice, everyone always remembers him for his smile,â€ commented Monteros’ former teammate Charles Jolly about playing alongside of Monteros.