Ohio – Northeast Ohio has produced some of the best football players in
the country for years and after much debate, The Plain Dealer this
summer took on the task of ranking
the brightest stars over the past 50 years.
musing over hundreds of candidates and conducting interviews with
former players, coaches, reporters and fans, The Plain Dealer formed a
10-person selection committee. They were tasked
with getting down to the top 50 – the PD50 — and ranking the players
from No. 50 to No. 1 over the past 50 years, beginning with the 1963
graduating class and ending with the class of 2013.
players from The Plain Dealer’s seven-county coverage area were
eligible. The seven counties are Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina,
Portage and Summit. The sole criteria was the
player’s achievements in high school; his college and/or professional
career wasn’t a factor.
Members of the selection panel, moderated by Plain Dealer reporter Branson Wright,
Eddie Dwyer, Bob Fortuna, Pete Gaughan, Pat Galbincea, Dennis Ginley,
Tim Hudak, Roye Kidd, Jerry Sulecki and Tim Warsinskey.
See their credentials below.
Certainly, many great players were left off the final list and our
selections – not to mention non-selections – will spark enthusiastic
debate. We encourage you to weigh in. Please do so in the comments in
this story and the other stories with the PD50 package.
series runs daily through Friday. Each day 10 players will be unveiled,
in reverse numerical order. See a complete spread in Sunday’s Plain
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