Who is the Best Athlete you've ever played against?

Submitted by Dr. Emil Shuffhausen on May 14th, 2016 at 11:03 PM

I don't remember how many yards he had against us his Sophmore

year when we beat them 8-6 on the road,

but his Junior Year he had only 67 yards on 11 carries. 


It was 1989 and Saline just beat Dearborn Heights Robichaud for the

2nd year in a row for our first game of the season.

I remember watching the scout film on him with his incredibly long stride

and ridiculous speed.  How the hell we beat them 24-0 at home

will always be a prideful memory.


He was none other than my future favorite 

Michigan Running Back -  Tyrone Wheatley. 


NewBlue Era

May 19th, 2016 at 12:09 PM ^

Woodson for sure. I played at Toledo Whitmer. His senior year at Fremont Ross he was held out in the first half vs us. We went into halftime up 7-6. Woodson show ensued and we lost 42-7. I seem to remember him scoring everytime he touched the ball on Offense, Defense and special teams.

Carl Spackler

May 15th, 2016 at 11:49 AM ^

I was a junior, he was a freshman.  We had heard that Brighton had a phenom freshman.  During the game, some huge kid on Brighton hit  a homerun and 2 doubles off the wall.  Towards the end of the game, I was like "so which is the freshman?'  My coach was like "duh, the kid that is 3-3".  The shortstop.  The biggest kid on the team.  Drew Henson.  

I didn't play in the game, but my school played Albert White.  He was crazy athletic.  


May 14th, 2016 at 11:11 PM ^

His nickname was "Super" Drew Henson back in those days. He was a jounior; I was a senior. I guarded him all game, and I'm not sure what he ended up with but it had to be around 30. Yes, basketball, by FAR his third best sport. I probably scored six or eight. We won in OT though. Go Mustangs! (Northville)

Bando Calrissian

May 14th, 2016 at 11:17 PM ^

I swear, I knew like 5 guys back in the day, between the time Henson was in SI as the "Golden Boy" and when he left Michigan, who claimed to have hit homers off of Henson when he was in high school. At some point I felt like it was becoming this sort of bizarre "yeah, me too!" SE Michigan urban legend that just kept growing. 


May 15th, 2016 at 3:07 PM ^

Yes, I'm old.  He used to come to our Tennis and Atheltic Club and play pick up basketball.  I'm all of 5'-9" (with the afro), as were most of us, and he generally stay outside of the three point line.  On a fast break, he called me by name (wow!!) and passed me the ball.  Very nice guy - just there to stretch his legs a bit.

Brian Griese

May 15th, 2016 at 7:02 AM ^

but Duane Below dropped 43 on me in a high school basketball game. I was at a basketball tournament with Eric Gordon but didn't play against him. Homer baseball and Josh Collmenter tore my high school team to shreds.


May 16th, 2016 at 9:16 AM ^

Tom Staton (former M Basketball Captain) showed up at CCRB for some pickup hoops.  He was on my team and we were killing it for an hour straight (it was all him).  I stole the ball and had a breakaway.  Rather than laying it in, I opted for a behind the back pass to Staton - he wasn't ready for it and it hit him square in the nose.  After the bleeding stopped he left without a word.  He as the last Varsity player I ever saw at CCRB.

Bando Calrissian

May 14th, 2016 at 11:14 PM ^

I ran in track meets, but not in the same heats against Agim Shabaj, who ended up being a notorious Sparty burnout. He was probably the best athlete of note that I remember encountering. He would do stuff like dog it for the majority of the heat, then turn on the jets and blow by the pack while talking shit all the way across the line.

Our star sprinter that year ended up winning himself a couple DII national championships and making a small name for himself as a football player, besides setting every sprinting record on the board, and he was positively livid after running against that punk. Such a POS.

I didn't play in it, but our high school football team got positively torched on Homecoming by one of those Farmington Harrison teams with Drew Stanton at QB. Something like 72-21. It was ugly. And supposedly it was the most points they gave up all year.


May 14th, 2016 at 11:18 PM ^

Played hockey in high school against Mike Knuble. I never saw the first shot he let go on me.
I played with Derek Jeter on the same baseball team growing up if that counts.

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May 15th, 2016 at 7:43 AM ^

I also played hockey against Knuble.  Our claim to fame was losing to East Kentwood 5-0 in regionals.  They were so pissed that they didn't mercy us, we took it as a victory.  I also scored a goal against their JV earlier in the year (not all schools in our area were as good as East Kentwood, so we scheduled JV teams to fill out our schedules).  I promply did the cabbage patch dance on the ice.  That shows my age.


May 14th, 2016 at 11:18 PM ^

Chris Kaman...played him in several 3 on 3 tournaments growing up. Never thought he'd have the NBA career after high school. Nice guy, just very tentative as a young guy

El Jeffe

May 15th, 2016 at 1:55 AM ^

Tony Smith. Played at Marquette and had several cups of coffee with the Lakers. Held him to 14 points while only committing 3 fouls. Then the first quarter buzzer sounded...

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May 14th, 2016 at 11:21 PM ^

Jalin Marshall. He played QB and it was basically him by himself vs my high school and we could barely lay a hand on him. It was very similar to how Brian Cole carried his team. We lost 24-13