With high school football seasons starting next week in the Cleveland area, there are sure to be great performances from some great players.
The Cleveland area has always turned out great high school players. That being said, who is the best?
To keep the list from being too long, and trying to keep it as modern as possible, there were 25 players that have really stood out for there accomplishments:
The 25 best players in the last 25 years
What sort of criteria was used in putting together this list?
Players were ranked by these factors (in no particular order):
- Pure Numbers......Yards, Touchdowns, Interceptions....etc
- Team Success......State Championships, Playoff appearances
- Individual Awards......Mr. Football, All-Ohio Honors
- Record Setters.....Area Records, State Records
- Playing Big in Big Games....Did they rally their team? Were they dominant on the biggest stage?
- Fear Factor....Were their opponents just outright terrified to see the ball in their hands, or to block them?
- Program Builders...Were they players that started an upward success of their schools?