I realized I was schoolmates with quite a few college football players. Eddie Woods (Grambling ST.) Michael Woods (EMU/transfer) in elementary school. Jacob Stewart and Alex Ofili (UofM), Walt Church (EMU) and Frank Ofili (Toledo) in HS. Kinda fun
Kinda OT- Best football player you went to school with
Uh, I had a class with Marques Slocum, and got stuck in a workgroup with him. The group leader called on him to answer a question, and he said, "I don't know, I'm not used to standing up in class. I'm used to standing up to get awards and shit." And he left class 40 minutes early every week. The class was an hour long.
I would be willing to bet his Facebook survey couldn't hold a candle to the nuggets of wisdom you were privy to in those group study sessions.
Actually, I'm pretty sure that was the only thing he said all semester.
There were a few other football players in the class, actually, but I didn't follow it quite closely enough then, so I didn't know who they were.
I went to school with Jerome Bettis. I just missed Walter Smith. However, I do know him. We work at the same plant. He scored me some really good seats at the last home game we had with Ohio State.
Walter Smith = My favorite U of M player ever.
He took me to the game, introduced me to Marcus Ray, John Wagoner and Fred Jackson...(sp?) 2 days before the game he had me scheduled to go on a tour of facilities and I couldn't make it but a couple of my friends went and they met Mario Manningham, Mike Hart, Lloyd Carr and Glenn Steele. This past spring game he had a couple of tickets. He asked me if I wanted to go but it was too damn cold...lol I actually was thinking of seeing if I could get him to set something up, as far as tour wise, to see if I could meet RR.
I went to school with a lot of sweet players considering I have a degree from Michigan. If you are talking about high school, nobody notable during my years but I missed Aaron Moorehead by one year... was the 5th receiver on the Colts for a few years. Also a backup QB currently at Stanford was in my younger bro's class.
Since this is a Wolverine based site, college would quickly become redundant with 97 and 07 students citing Woody and Hart/Henne/Long etc.
For the life of me, I don't remember a single player with the first or last name of Woody. Did you mean Woodley?
I caught his little blue football at the National Championship Parade. With that kinda connection you get to call him Woody.
Will Johnson went to my high school in Lake Orion.
same here did you graduate in 04 with him
I didn't really know him, but I always saw him in the lunch line so that means we're best friends right?
Andre Brooks, class of '98... he had a full ride to EMU.
Paul and Joey Sarantos, and our saviour Kelly Baraka
I also went to school with Joey Sarantos and Kelly Baraka. They were freshmen when I was a senior.
Although it's a different question, the best player that I've ever played against was TJ Duckett.
I live next door to Joey and Paul Sarantos now, does that count? We play volleyball every weekend.
I want to school with Peter Sarantos (Yale)! also Eric Mayes though he was a little older and I didn't know him - guess I'm a little older than you guys. Seems like the Sarantos brothers are pretty famous
I would bet that you and I are close enough in age that we went to PN at the same time. I went to school with Pete Sarantos as well. Ah... the good ol' days when our hockey team was still good...
I had no idea they were bad now...that's disappointing.
Do you remember the name of that crazy ass old Gym teacher that supposedly played for the Dolphins?
Yeah, it is kind of disappointing. My sophomore year on the team was one of the last really good years, but since then it's just been kind of meh... Seems like all of the better talent in the area is going to either PC or Mattawan (they've had a team for about 5 years now) in recent years. Times change I guess.
The funny thing is that football has been pretty good in the last 10 years or so.
I'm not sure who the gym teacher is; might have been a little before my time(?). Not sure.
Anyway, glad to see another PN grad on here. What year did you graduate?
Ask Joey if he remembers Cat Rychlinski. She married one of my best friends--has twins plus a newborn and lives in Kentucky now.
You played against Duckett? Where did you go to high school?
Duckett was ridiculous in high school, his father is the gym teacher at my school, the one TJ went to.
was a year behind me in HS on Long Island.
Brian Grabowski, plays for....Findlay? Something, I'm not really sure. Played against Westerns Backup fullback and was 1 game in the playoffs away from having to try and block Brandon Graham. Thank god that didn't happen as I was 170 pounds then and wouldn't be here today.
Our school is much better at wrestling, Sean Misko at Olivet, Jordan McKiernen at Lindwood, Lance Pitcel at Mercyhurst, and Brian Peterson at Minnesota. Went to a different school in the morning with Michigan's option 1b. at HWY, Chad Bleske.
Carson "Take A Chance On Me" Butler.
And Andre Criswell.
Actually, it could very well turn out that the two best football players I went to high school with are Chris Norman and Dana Dixon, two 09 FYS recruits.
went to HS with Corby Jones in columbia, MO - QB of the missouri team that lost to nebraska in the infamous 'kicked TD' game that negates any claim they might have to the '97 championship since they are Cheaty McCheatersons. hometown kid that kind of kick-started the tigers program to national prominence a short 10 years later.
I went to high school with Eric Wilson (Michigan DT and captain, spent time in NFL with Lions and Dolphins) and Carl Ford (Toledo WR, spent time in NFL with Eagles and Bears).
OT: Isn't that where Bronco McKart went?
Yeah, I went to Monroe.
And yes, Bronco McKart went there, too. He's the pride of Monroe. (Sarcasm.)
coming out in a Monroe football jersey for a couple of fights.
That was it.
I went to Divine Child High School and while I didn't really play with any big name players I did play against Braylon Edwards (Bishop Gallagher) in the Silverdome and Jermaine Gonzales (Orchard Lake). Braylon had like 180 yds and 4 TDs and Gonzales played QB and just ran sideline to sideline until he found a crease, the kid never got tired.
Same here. Too bad DC football has been pretty bad for years.
Only noteworthy player I can think of that recently came out of DC is Todd Boleski, but he kicks for MSU, so fuck him.
I went to Romulus in the late 90's so I was able to play alongside of some decent talent. Some of the players that came through the school were; Fred Russell(99 Michigan Commit but Iowa player), Mike and Eddie Woods of Southern and Eastern respectively. Chris Talley of Eastern. Jon Wester of Eastern and the few others of the Romulus 7 who didnt' qualify academically.
Yakattack, you go to Merriman in Romulus for elementary?
Moved after 6th grade in the summer of '93. You?
Trevor Rees, Center, Northwestern, (Sporting news Freshman All American in 2003)
Robbie Heos, OT, Rice (Multiple All CUSA teams)
Brandon Roberson, RB, Northwestern (Career Backup)
Scott Derry, LB, Texas (1 year starter)
Cyril Obiozor, DE, Texas A&M (2 year starter)
Quentin Moore, S, Ok State (3 year starter)
Alan Pelc, OT, UNC (played 3 games last year)
Fozzy Whitaker, RB, Texas (saw several carries as a soph)
Sam Proctor, DB, Oklahoma
Justan Vaughn, S, Northwestern
Anthony Evans, RB, Houston (top 5 in several Houston rushing records)
Nick Saenz, S, Houston
Brian Thomas, OT, Texas A&M
Bernard Obi, DL/LB, UTEP
Noah Allen, QB, Oklahoma/transfer-Sam Houston State
Adam Keift- CMU OT drafted by the Bengals.
Joe Staley- CMU OT drafted by the 49'ers.
Mike Segard- "Played" for Purdue (stuck behind Brees).
with Jon Anes for a year. It was too bad things didn't work out for him at Michigan.
Played (more like practiced against) with Carl Tabb (former WR for the Wolverines and now in medical school) and his cousin Jeff Jenkins (former RB for Notre Dame). Kelleher, a quarterback, played at Princeton the last four years as a safety.
We had a couple of other guys go DII and DIII.
Also, currently are home to Jeremy Jackson, a 2010 recruit. He looks to be plenty good.
Side note - played against Saginaw my senior year when they had Woodley, James Jackson and Anthony Rogers (Charles Rogers little brother). Woodley was an absolute monster, but to this day, I will still say that Rogers had more of an impact on that game than any other player. I don't think he played college ball anywhere (heard he signed with CMU?) but I know that he was amazing. MSU really wanted him but there was no way he could have gotten in with the grades he had.
i went to huron too. devin thomas, state WR, went to our HS before he transferred.
EDIT: Oh, and all the best hockey players in the country wen't to our HS (and pioneer) cause of the USA program.
...but when I was a kid I used to go to every high school game in Middletown, Ohio (Chris Carter being the most well-known player to come from there). I saw Jeff Cothran play for Middletown, who later went on to play FB for OSU and the Bengals. Watching him was what caused me to appreciate just how good D-I players are, b/c against high-level high school competition he looked like Jim Brown and then at OSU they turned him into a blocking back.
I didn't go to HS with any current football players, but Eric Emblad (Hockey) and Michelle Weatherdon (Softball, on the National Champ team in 05)
I had a class with Cameron Joplin at Pioneer a couple of years ago. He went to Northwestern as a tight end; if I remember correctly, he was the first football player to go from Pioneer to a Big Ten school since. . .someone who was there before I was. It had been awhile, I think.
Oh, and Nader Furrha.
The only famous person I went to high school with is porn actress Dani Woodward.
Nobody is impressed? Gueers.
I don't watch porn. I'm not gay. ;p
djoo fuck her?
She does quality work. I know some people from HS that have done porn but noone that is quite at her level of production yet.
charles rogers...he was good at one point, oh and Chris Kunitz (ducks) in college
Tony Briningstool was a year ahead of me at Northville High. He was an inside linebacker who played at Little Brother. The guy was a beast. I lost a few IQ points as 140 pound WR running the slant in practice. Tony played as both a Freshman and Sophomore, rotating in behind Percy Snow. He was slated to start as a Junior, but blew out both shoulders and never got back on the field.
Matt Baker - UNC's QB who's now with the Bills - was the QB at Brother Rice when I was in H.S. He was younger than me, but they were already starting him on varsity.
I was in school with the Smokevich brothers, but they were older (both were walk-ons at MSU and U-M).
Jake Frysinger was in my elementary school too, I think, but he moved to Grosse Isle in 3rd or 4th grade. I had a Creative Writing class with him and DeWayne Patmon sophomore or junior year. Both incredibly nice guys, by the way, especially Jake, who was like gentle giant. Patmon didn't come to every class (and neither did I), but Frysinger was like the best student there.
Was ahead of me in school. He went to VA Tech and scored a gazillion td's early in his career. They brought in some good rb's the next year and he transferred.
No one in high school while I was there really went anywhere, although first-rounder and former Iowa DE Matt Roth was a freshman the year after I graduated. Actually ran into him on draft day, he was carting around a bunch of his high school friends and his sibilings and local bar hopping in a limo he rented to celebrate the draft.
Had a major league baseball player a year ahead of me, his dad was my physics teacher.
Oh, and off topic, part of the group Plain White T's were there at the same time I was. I actually saw them at a local community center concert when I happened to be there watching my friend's brother's group.
I went to Detroit Chadsey in the early-mid 90's, played with a lot of College/NFL players:
Micheal Westbrook(caught THE CATCH for Colorado)/Redskins
Andrew Davidson: Played at Kansas, went on to play a few seasons with the Cowboys & Jets
Renaldo Hill: MSU, Dolphins
Raymond Hill: MSU/Bills, Raiders, Dolphins
Rafael Cooper: Louisville/Lions
Craig Gotcher: Louisville
Courtney Dinkins: Louisville
Tony Spann: Minnesota
Tony Shields: Northern Iowa
Antonio Gates: San Diego Chargers
Damon Dowdell: MSU
Larry Foote: UM/Steelers
Micheal Westbrook also just won a world jiu-jitsiu championship
Kelly Baraka pwned us with a 80 yard TD run on the first play of a pre-season scrimmage and one of the Sarantos brothers smoked me by 30 ft. in the shot during a track meet though. Does that count?
Reading all of these posts makes me realize that we had no talent in our football program.
Although much older than me, Zach De La Rocha of RATM and Will Ferrell went to my HS
I think the list of players my high school faced during my time there was more impressive than my school's list. Try losing to Drew Tate and Vince Young 4 out of 5 years.
He graduated several years ahead of me but he came back to sub at my school this year before the Lions signed him and I saw him at lunch a few times. Beat that.
was a year ahead of me at Saline
Played for MSU and the Jets
I missed Death Kitten by 10 years
I graduated with Chris... I'm assuming we know each other :)
Only NFL player to come out of my high school is Sedrick Hodge, who played at UNC and with the Saints before flaming out.
Fran Tarkenton's son, Matt, was a senior and starting QB when I was a freshman. He ended up going on to Princeton undergrad and Harvard b-school, I believe, and is making oodles of money working with his dad in finance.
James Hardy at the worst football high school in America in Elmhurst who went to IU then Chris Wells at Garfield when I moved to Ohio.
That was the family legend, anyway. I think it was this guy:
I played against Charles Woodson in a basketball tourney when I was a kid thats about as good as it got for me.
D. J. Dozier
Jake Blauwkamp, oh and Andrew Hawken who is FB for MSU was a few grades ahead of me...
Pete Kugler (Penn State DT, couple of rings with the 49ers) and Orel Hershiser (baseball).
to talk to hines ward about cognitive aging research for a few minutes circa 93. He is mentally very fast and has a nice working memory. Great college player for Georgia. He never called...
Jason Lamar when I was at Ypsi. He was an All-MAC MLB at Toledo and has been in and out of the league with stints in the CFL. He made the Texans roster last season.
I remember playing basketball against him and his twin brother in the 5th grade school league and just getting destroyed. They were always bigger than just about everybody.
I forgot a few. Didn't mention the endless supply of Birds that played basketball either.
My high school b-ball team lost in the playoff's to the Shane Battier-lead Country Day team. I watched, because I was a runner and sucked at b-ball. He has a Klingon head.
Oh, the irony of someone making fun of another person by using Star Trek insults...
I went to high school with Drew Henson and Dave Pierson. Cullen Finnerty who played for Grand Valley in college and won a bunch of championships played at my high school too. Morgan Trent's family lived in my hometown and his older brother played on our team.
I went to a high school that produces some quality talent - even major league talent - in darn near every sport BUT football.
Mike Nugent and A.J. Hawk. They were a few years ahead of me.
Ian Gold was in band with me. I was a year ahead of him and kinda knew his brothers Jason and Jeremy (CMU) who were in the same grade as me. I think Kris and Cullen Jenkins were on the team with him, but that might have been after I graduated.
What ever happened to Nate Lewis? That kid was fast.
before he bolted for greener football pastures since he was prudent in realizing our HS football teams sucked some massive dong.
Played HS football with Jairus Byrd, DB from Oregon who shared Pac-10 freshmen of the year honors with Taylor Mays and will probably be a 1st day draft choice this year. Also from Green Bay and used to play basketball with a lot of the Packers. Najah Davenport would always play and was the coolest dude ever...everytime he was there I couldn't help but think about how he got in trouble while at Miami for shitting in a girl's laundry basket.
I'm totally hoping to revive this thread I discovered while looking up stuff for today's column formerly known as Hokepoints.
Best athlete I grew up with was Matt Ishbia. He was one of the shortest kids in our grade, and a MASSIVE Michigan fan and because he basically ran recess the rest of the class all became Michigan fans. He lived on my block and bought me the Michigan football we used every recess until the Bad Boys and Fab Five switched us to basketball.
Ishbia ended up being the Andrew Dakich of Michigan State's 2000 Championship team. He took over a department of his dad's company and made it bigger than the company so he's doing well for himself now.
Close behind Ishbia was John Whitledge, a guy who moved here from California and rooted for UCLA. Whitledge was faster than Ishbia by just a little, and had model looks. Last I heard he was a clothing designer.