Greatest Houston Area HS Football Player to Play in the NFL?

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  1. Darporini

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    Just curious?

    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?idonno:
     
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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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    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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    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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    Aj,
    You know I was joking right? I just put that up there because I remember playing Randell when I was at Friendswood HS.

    Cap1
     
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    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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    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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    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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    I forgot all about Rogers. Thanks
     
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    What year did you graduate?
     
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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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    Awww shucks Vin, yer makin me blush. Thanks for the kind words. Besides coachin the kids, teachin'em the game & hopefully a few other useful life lessons along the way, the biggest blast is bein able to suit up once a year & play in the TIFI coaches game. A bunch of old, overweight & very out of shape guys reliving their "Glory Days". A link to some pix of this seasons game as well as 2004s is below ... PS. Sorry for the off-topic everyone.

    http://www.burnhamenterprises.net/photogallery.html
     
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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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