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Old 02-19-2006   #1
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Default Greatest Houston Area HS Football Player to Play in the NFL?

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Who do you think is the greatest HS football player from the Houston area to ever play in the NFL, regardless of their NFL production?

For me,

Thurman Thomas, RB, Willowridge High School
(Although, I'm biased . . . I went to the 'Ridge!!!)

But, I also cannot forget:
Eric Dickerson, RB, Sealy
Craig James, RB, Stratford
Hart Lee Dykes, WR, Bay City
Mike Singletary, LB (Did he go to Worthing or Sterling?)
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Have to be Singletary from Worthing.

Dante Hall was exciting to watch a couple of years ago, but Mike has a ring. Thurman has a couple of appearances. But other than Dexter Manley, and another lineman whos name I can't recall right now. I don't believe any other player from Houston has SuperBowl jewelry.
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My vote is for the "Thurmanator" mainly I suppose cuz it makes me look pretty good. In 81' I played MLB at Galena Park HS & we played Willowridge one Friday night at Dement (our home stadium then AND when we were actually still 5A). Coach Koch had scouted them pretty good but even Ray Charles could see what a player he already was so it was our job to "eliminate" the threat ASAP so every time he got tackled, he got an extra pinch, punch, bite or in my case a really slimy Copenhagen-filled dollop of spit in the face, deep in the pile of tacklers as we were gettin up. Finally his can got full & he came up swingin & got ejected. I think he still finished with 125+ yds but only played a lil less than 2 quarters. Mission accomplished. Thurman, if yer readin this, no hard feelings right?
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The top of the list:

Eric Dickerson, Sealy
Thurman Thomas, Willowridge
Mike Singletary, Worthing

Other notables in no particular order:

Sam Adams, Cy Creek
Cliff Branch, Worthing
Lester Hayes, Wheatley
Andre Ware, Dickinson
James Francis, LaMarque
David Boston, Humble
Norm Bulaich, LaMarque
Darrell Green, Jones
Mike Strahan, Westbury
Keenan McCardell, Waltrip
Dave Elmendorf, Westbury
Dan Neil, Cy Creek
Doug Dawson, Memorial
Santana Dotson, Yates
Otis Taylor, Worthing
Alan Faneca, Lamar Consolidated
Jacob Green, Kashmere
Rodney Hampton, Kashmere
King Hill, Brazosport
Pierce Holt, Lamar Consolidated
Larry Izzo, The Woodlands
Steve Jackson, Klein Forest
Gary Kubiak, St Pius
Lamar Lathon, Wharton
Dexter Manley, Yates
Mark Moseley, Livingston
Greg Pruitt, Elmore
Cody Risien, Cy Fair
Bert Emanuel, Langham Creek
Diron Talbert, Texas City
Henry Thomas, Eisenhower
Alfred Williams, Jones
Delvin Williams, Kashmere
Harvey Williams, Hempstead
Howard Twilley, Galena Park
Aaron Schobel, Columbus
Casey Hampton, Galveston Ball
Robert Ferguson, Spring Woods
Shaun Rogers, LaPorte
Moran Norris, Madison
David Givens, Humble
Ty Warren, Bryan
Aaron Glenn, Nimitz
Dante Hall, Nimitz
Andre Gurode, North Shore
Cory Redding, North Shore
Donald Driver, Milby
Shane Lechler, East Bernard
Grant Irons, The Woodlands
Michael Lewis, Lamar Consolidated
Sammy Davis, Humble
Quentin Jammer, Angleton
Bertrand Berry, Humble
Terrence Kiel, Lufkin
Rocky Bernard, Baytown Sterling

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You forgot Washington from Yates in the 70s
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You forgot the Tackle tht played for the Texans from La Marque.:brickwall

I would have to go with Singletary. He is considered the best player to ever play his position.
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You forgot Washington from Yates in the 70s
What I listed above is about 1/10 of a list I compiled a few years ago for an article I wrote. I quickly scanned my list and threw up a few names. If you'd like to add someone, list his name and HS.

Which Washington are you talking about? I remember Gene Washington (the Vikes Gene, not the 49ers Gene) from Baytown, and Joe Washington the RB from PA Lincoln, and I know of Mickey Washington from Beaumont Westbrook...

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You forgot the Tackle tht played for the Texans from La Marque.:brickwall
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I didn't intend to list every HS player that ever played in the NFL. I'd be here for a year. I did a quick scan of my 'notable' list and Greg Randall's name didn't catch my eye this morning for some reason, as didn't O.J. Brigance from Willowridge, Kimble Anders from Ball, Elmo Wright from Sweeney and about 100 others I didn't list.

In fact, one of the best players to fit the criteria of the question: Who do you think is the greatest HS football player from the Houston area to ever play in the NFL, regardless of their NFL production? is probably Ken Hall from Sugar Land who was one of the best local high school players ever, but didn't do much in the NFL at all.

If you know someone you'd like to list, list his name and HS.

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I didn't intend to list every HS player that ever played in the NFL. I'd be here for a year. I did a quick scan of my 'notable' list and Greg Randall's name didn't catch my eye this morning for some reason, as didn't O.J. Brigance from Willowridge, Kimble Anders from Ball, Elmo Wright from Sweeney and about 100 others I didn't list.

In fact, one of the best players to fit the criteria of the question: Who do you think is the greatest HS football player from the Houston area to ever play in the NFL, regardless of their NFL production? is probably Ken Hall from Sugar Land who was one of the best local high school players ever, but didn't do much in the NFL at all.

If you know someone you'd like to list, list his name and HS.
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You know I was joking right? I just put that up there because I remember playing Randell when I was at Friendswood HS.

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I see your a coach now. Is that how your train your players to play now. Just wondering.
Hardly my friend. I coach little 7 - 12 year olds. Been doin it for the better part of 13 years. If I did teach that brand of football, I'd a been gone a long time ago. Besides, that was a whole different era as far as the game goes. We're talkin HS vs little league. If you coached LL football would YOU teach those kind of tactics? I didn't think so. I DO on the other hand, teach hardcore agressiveness ala someones sig on here by Thomas Davis - "Arrive at the ball with bad intentions". I've been known to manufacture a few head-hunters in my time with the Pasadena Bears. I truly hope your question was only a sarcastic poke at me & not a genuine query. Surely you wouldn't think someone would actually teach or coach a CHILD to cheat like that.
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Have to be Singletary from Worthing.

Dante Hall was exciting to watch a couple of years ago, but Mike has a ring. Thurman has a couple of appearances. But other than Dexter Manley, and another lineman whos name I can't recall right now. I don't believe any other player from Houston has SuperBowl jewelry.
Larry Izzo on the Patriots went to High School in the Woodlands and he has THREE rings.

There are a LOT of players on a football team. A lot more people than you think from Houston have won Superbowl rings.
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Kubiak has a few... there are probably many others you wouldn't realize
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If you don't think that kind of stuff doesn't go on in the pros your crazy. Everything is fair game in a pile up, people have had their eyes gauged at and raked across the face, players have been punched, pinched (texas titty twister, OUCH!), and players have testified to even had their "cough em" family jewels grabbed and twisted-the ultimate sin. Most of this stuff hapens in a fumble recovery where two teams are fighting for the ball, god awful stuff can happen under those piles sometimes.
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Are you looking for Houston area players that had great NFL careers or players that had great HS careers that just happened to make it to the NFL?

Curvin Richards falls into that last category. I went to school with him at La Porte. He had a great HS career, was great in college (Pitt), however flopped in the NFL. I remember him fumbling on MNF and Jimmy Johnson cutting him.
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Are you looking for Houston area players that had great NFL careers or players that had great HS careers that just happened to make it to the NFL?

Curvin Richards falls into that last category. I went to school with him at La Porte. He had a great HS career, was great in college (Pitt), however flopped in the NFL. I remember him fumbling on MNF and Jimmy Johnson cutting him.
Hey I also went to La Porte!, go bulldogs!

there has been a couple of players come out of La Porte to make it to the big dance, although I don't think any made a big splash.

I also would like to add Casey Hampton to that list who used to play for Galveston Ball, I know its not in the immediate Houston area, but Hampton was a monster.
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Shaun Rogers & LaSalle Harper (linebacker) came from Laporte.
I forgot all about Rogers. Thanks
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Hey I also went to La Porte!, go bulldogs!

there has been a couple of players come out of La Porte to make it to the big dance, although I don't think any made a big splash.

I also would like to add Casey Hampton to that list who used to play for Galveston Ball, I know its not in the immediate Houston area, but Hampton was a monster.
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2001, yes Miss Kicklighter (or how ever you spell that old hags name, science teacher, still works there) I swear when she teaches about evolution she's speaking of first hand experiences, she was there to witness it all
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I think my vote goes to Mike Singletary, but then again I'm a bit biased since I'm a Baylor Bear.
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