Tripp Welborne was a four-sport athlete at Page where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. On the football field, the Pirates went 40-1-1 and won two state championships in Welborne’s career which earned him the honor of NC Player of the Year in 1986. Recruited to Michigan as a wide receiver, Welborne switched to the secondary as a sophomore and played on three Big Ten championship teams and became a two-time All-American and All Big Ten and the 1990 University of Michigan MVP. While at Michigan, Welborne intercepted nine passes and returned 70 punts for 803 yards and was named the National College Defensive Player of the Year in 1990. Welborne was selected in the seventh round of the 1991 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings and was a member of the NFC Central Division Championship team in 1992.