Kevin McCutcheon (’82) – Football
For 17 consecutive years, the McCutcheon name was synonymous with athletic excellence at Columbus High School. Starting with Pat McCutcheon as a freshman in 1965, Columbus High had at least one McCutcheon boy playing at least one sport from the fall of 1965 to the spring of 1982. Pat McCutcheon graduated from Columbus in 1969. Jim in 1974. Mike in 1976. Brian in 1978 and tonight’s hall of fame inductee, Brian in 1982.
Kevin lettered in three sports at Columbus: football, basketball and track. He achieved something of a rarity at the school. He started every varsity basketball game and every varsity football game for three consecutive years. We are pretty sure that has never been done before or after Kevin played here. We believe his 34 consecutive starts for the varsity football team are a school record. That streak included 4 playoff games.
In football, Kevin helped Columbus to the its first “great season” during his junior year. He was the starting safety on the 1980 team that finished 12-2 and lost in the state championship game to Gonzalez Tate.
In his senior season, Kevin was selected first-team All County by the Miami Herald. That year, he led Columbus in interceptions including 3 in one game against Miami Beach. He also scored 2 touchdowns on punt returns.
He was the starting point guard for Brother Kevin’s basketball teams for three years. He also ran track and was a member of the school’s record setting 440 relay team – a team that included fellow hall of famer, Alonzo Highsmith. Kevin was awarded the school’s Sportsmanship Athlete Award in 1982 – the same award his brother Pat won in 1969.
Kevin was awarded a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina where he played and lettered for 2 seasons. He transferred to the University of Miami and walked on to Jimmy Johnson’s team in 1985. Kevin won a scholarship and started nine games his senior season. That was 1986, the year the Hurricanes played Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship.