100 years of Florida high school football
Known for physical style of running, often dragging tacklers for extra yardage every time he ran the ball. Closed out high school career with 200 yard rushing, 3 TD performance. First 1,000 yard rusher in University of Miami history. Finished college career with 3,331 yards, including 13 100 yard games. Had successful NFL career and was MVP of Super Bowl XXV with the New York Giants.
Bennie Blades DB Piper (Sunrise) 1983
Named to All Time All Broward Team in 1999. Played at University of Miami. Won Jim Thorpe Award in 1987 as top collegiate defensive back. Member of College Football Hall of Fame. First round pick by Detroit Lions in 1988. Spent nine seasons in NFL.
Forrest Blue OL Chamberlain (Tampa) 1963
One of the top OL to ever come out of Florida. 3 year letterman for Auburn from 1965 67. No. 1 pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1968 draft. Played 11 seasons in NFL with San Francisco and Baltimore. Played in 148 games in career. Even scored TD as a lineman.
Anquan Boldin Ath Pahokee 1998
Mr. Football and first team All American his senior year. First player in state history to surpass 10,000 yards and then 11,000 yards in career offense. Had 4,339 yards total offense (2,842 passing and 1,497 rushing) for a 14 1 team as a senior. Finished high school career with 11,433 total yards, 134 TDs (71 passing, 56 rushing, 5 on interceptions returns, 2 on punt returns). Converted into WR at Florida State. Now plays for NFL Arizona Cardinals where he has earned Rookie of the Year and All Pro awards.
David Bowden QB Kathleen (Lakeland) 1969
Set state records for career passing yards (6,623) and career TD passes (91) that stood for years. Passed for 2,372 yards and 39 TDs as a senior. Played football and baseball at Florida. A pro baseball draft pick.
Scot Brantley LB Forest (Ocala) 1975
Florida's only Parade All American in 1975. A tackling machine for Wildcats' back to back state title teams in 1974 75. Delivered game winning HR in bottom of 7th inning at Orlando's Tinker Field to give Forest a 1975 state baseball championship. Earned All SEC honors at University of Florida. Had 467 career tackles second on all time Gators list. Played 8 NFL seasons with Tampa Bay.
"Neon" Leon Bright RB/KR Merritt Island 1973
Rushed for 4,036 yards and 77 TDs when Mustangs were at top of Florida's big classification (1972 state champs) with a prolific offense. Led FSU in rushing with 713 yards in 1973 and was backup RB and renowned courageous punt returner for New York Giants. www.officialauthenticsaints.com/authentic-tavon-rooks-jersey.html Fielded 141 punts without calling for a fair catch in 5 NFL seasons.
Derrick Brooks DB Washington (Pensacola) 1990
USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year and everybody's All American as a senior. Joined Emmitt Smith as only Floridians picked to USA Today All Time Team (20 years) in 1991. Starred at FSU. Now in 13th NFL season, all with Tampa Bay. Was 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 2005 Pro Bowl Tavon Rooks Womens Jersey MVP.
Jerome Brown DL Hernando (Brooksville) 1982
Standout DL and 3 sport letterman at Hernando in early 1980s. Went on to be an All American at University of Miami and an All Pro with Philadelphia Eagles. Played from 1987 91, picking up 29.5 career sacks Ronald Powell Youth Jersey in 76 games during his 5 year NFL career. Died in June 1992 in an automobile accident.
Larry Brown TE/DE Bradford (Starke) 1966
One of Bradford's first black players, excelled for Tornadoes' state title team as senior. Played college ball at Kansas. Had 14 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, including all 4 of Steelers' Super Bowl wins. Was a TE from 1971 76 and an OL from 1977 84. Was picked to Pro Bowl in 1982.
Lomas Brown OL Miami Springs 1980
After a highly successful prep career, became a multi year starter for University of Florida. Was 6th overall selection in 1985 NFL Draft. Played 18 years in NFL before retiring following 2002 season.
Ken Burrough QB Raines (Jacksonville) 1965
Helped team to 8 1 1 record and first Big 9 North Conference title in 1965. All American in 1969 and first team All SWAC in 1968 and 1969 at Texas Southern University. First round draft pick of New Orleans Saints in 1970. A 2 time Pro Bowl selection. Led NFL WRs in 1975 with 1,063 receiving yards. Ended his career with Houston Oilers in 1981.
Bobby Butler DB Atlantic (Delray Beach) 1976
Natural athlete who could do it all. Returned 6 INTs for TDs as senior to lead Atlantic to state championship game. Starred at FSU. First round draft choice by Atlanta Falcons in 1981. Played 12 years in NFL. His 27 career INTs rank 6h all time in Falcons history.
Leroy Butler LB Robert E. Lee (Jacksonville) 1985
Had 139 tackles as LB and 388 rushing yards on 18 carries as WB in senior year at Lee, which he helped lead to 3 district titles. First team Class 3A All State, All South and Florida Super 24 selection. Signed by FSU. Made famous by "puntrooski" play at Clemson in 1988. An All Pro selection 5 times, a Pro Bowl selection 4 times and 1996 Super Bowl champ with Green Bay Packers. Originated the infamous "Lambeau Leap." Retired from football in 2001.
John Carney KS Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach) officialauthenticsaints.com/authentic-ronald-powell-jersey.html 1982
First team All State K/P as HS senior. Made 55 of 58 PAT kicks and 15 FGs in 2 years, including a long of 49 yards. Finished collegiate career as Notre Dame's all time FG leader with 51 and was 2nd in scoring with 223 points. Kicked an NFL record 29 consecutive FGs in 1993. One of only 3 players in NFL with more than 400 career FGs. Ranked 4th on NFL's all time scoring list.