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Who are the greatest Northeast Ohio high school football players over the past …

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here’s a loaded question: Who are the top 50 local high school football players over the past 50 years?

Once and for all this summer, The Plain Dealer will establish the 50 greatest players [#PD50] over the past 50 years, 1963-2013, and we want your help now. 

There are countless stars to consider — Stow’s Larry Csonka in the ’60s, St. Edward linebacker Tom Cousineau in the ’70s, Desmond Howard of St. Joseph in the ’80s, St. Ignatius QB Dave Ragone in the ’90s, Glenville QB Troy Smith in the 2000s — to name a few of the top contenders and get your brainstorming kick-started.

We came up with 172 “finalists” after interviews with current and former high school football writers, sportscasters, coaches, officials and players. Check out our list below and let us know who’s missing by responding in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Please do so before July 8.

Once we get your input, our panel of experts will
deliberate in a closed-door session until we finalize the #PD50 in
numerical order.

We will release The Plain Dealer’s #PD50 in August.

Now before you look over our finalists, here are the ground rules:

To be considered, a player must have graduated no earlier than 1963 and no
later than 2013. Only players from The PD’s seven-county coverage area are eligible. The seven counties are Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit. The sole criteria is the player’s achievements in high school – his
college and/or NFL career doesn’t matter.
We’re also interested in any film/video footage, yearbooks or programs featuring any of the players. If you have such materials please email Branson Wright at bwright@plaind.com, with PD50 in the subject line.

Here are the finalists being considered for the top 50 local high school football players from 1963-2013. Who else should our panel consider? Let us know in the comments section below.

Adamle, Mike (Kent) RB
Adolph, Dave (Mogadore) LB/K/OL
Agee, Ken (JFK) RB
Armstrong, Ray (Elyria West) RB
Ash, Eric (Chardon) RB
Former St. Edward linebacker Tom Cousineau. 
Bailey, Rodney (St. Ed) DL
Banks, Harry (JFK) FB
Barile, Carl (Benedictine) QB/DB
Bellamy, Adam (Aurora) DL
Bentley, LeCharles (St. Ignatius) OL
Bobrowski, Bob (St. Joseph) QB
Boone, Alex (St. Ed), OL
Bortnick, Art (Euclid) DL
Brown, Dave (Akron Garfield) DB
Brown, Rick (Euclid) QB/DB
Campbell, Paul (Ravenna) RB
Cannavino, Andy (St. Joseph) LB/RB
Carras, Tim (St. Ed) DB
Carter, Delone (Copley) RB
Carter, Drew (Solon) WR
Chambers, Chris (Bedford) WR
Childress, Bam (Chanel) WR
Chonko, Arnie (Parma) QB
Clements, Nate (Shaker Heights) DB
Cousineau, Tom (St. Ed) LB
Csonka, Larry (Stow) RB
Curtis, Tom (Aurora) DB
Cusick, Pete (Lakewood) DL
DeLeone, Tom (Kent) OL
Deandrea, Mike (Avon Lake) LB
Derrick, Duane (Mentor) DE
Diebolt, Dave (Mayfield) LB/TE
Dowling, Brian (St. Ignatius) QB
Evancich, Ray (St. Joseph) RB
Evans, Lee (Bedford) WR
Fisher, Tony (Euclid) RB
Fletcher, London (St. Joseph) RB/LB
Franklin, Tony (Chanel) RB/DB
Frejter, Tim (Garfield Heights) RB
Gaines, Kevin (Euclid) WR/DB
Galbos, Rick (Mentor) QB
Gedeon, Ben (Hudson) LB/RB/QB
Gibson, Thaddeus (Euclid) LB
Gibson, Tom (St.Joseph) OL/DL
Ginn, Ted (Glenville) WR/DB
Are Glenville’s Ted Ginn Jr and Troy Smith among the top 50 greatest high school players in this region? 
Glass, Ian (Euclid) RB
Golic, Bob (St. Joseph) LB
Golic, Mike (St. Joseph) DL/TE
Gonzalez, Anthony (St. Ignatius) WR/DB
Grbac, Elvis (St. Joseph) QB
Groza, Judd (Berea) K/TE
Gusich, Frank (St. Ignatius) LB/RB
Haddad, Eric (St. Ignatius) RB
Hallen, Bob (Mentor) OL
Hamilton, Eric (Hawken) RB
Hancock, Anthony (John Hay) WR
Harper, Kevin (Mentor) K
Harrell, Chris (Euclid) WR/DB
Harris, Raymont (Lorain) RB
Harris, Stu (Kenston) DB
Harrison, James (Coventry) LB
Hartman, Kevin (Holy Name) QB
Hasenohrl, George (Garfield Heights) DL
Herring, Kim (Solon) RB/DB
Hewitt, Mitch (Chardon) LB
Hicks, John (John Hay) tackle
Hiley, Dareus (Glenville) QB
Horansky, Ted (Cathedral Latin) OL
Hornik, Joe (St. Ed) DE
Houser, Bob (Westlake) TE
Hovan, Chris (St. Ignatius) DL
Howard, Desmond (VASJ) RB/DB
Desmond Howard, right, earned All-America and All-State honors at St. Joseph High School.  
Hoyer, Brian (St. Ignatius) QB
Hunt, Kareem (Willoughby South) RB
Insana, P.J. (Wickliffe) QB
Jackson, Tom (John Adams) LB
Jackson, Tony (St. Joseph) RB/DB
James, LeBron (SVSM) WR
Jelovic, Pete (Lake Catholic) QB
Jeter, Gary (Cathedral Latin) DL
Jones, Terry (Glenville) QB
Jurevicius, Joe (Lake Catholic) WR
Kalis, Kyle (St. Ed) OL
Kokal, Greg (St. Joseph) QB
Kolesar, John (Westlake) WR
Kordic, Bruce (Collinwood) TE
Koz, John (Lakewood) QB
Lambert, Jack (Crestwood) DE/QB
Lampka, Don (Cleveland South) QB
Lanese, Mike (Mayfield) RB/WR
Lee, Tommy (Mogadore) RB
Lowry, Orlando (Shaker Heights) OL/LB
Luck, Oliver (St. Ignatius) QB
Mabin, Jordan (Nordonia) RB/DB
Mandich, Jim (Solon) TE
Martin, Don (Mentor) RB
McDuffie, O.J. (Hawken) RB
McGee, Tim (John Hay) WR
McHugh, Sean (Chagrin Falls) RB
McKinney, Al (Elyria) RB
Mesko, Zoltan (Twinsburg) P/K
Miller, Tony (St. Joe) QB/DB
Miskewicz, Darien (Brunswick) QB
Molls, Andy (Valley Forge) RB/LB
Montgomery, Anthony (JFK) DL
Moore, Chuck (Mogadore) RB
Moore, Dick (St. Joe) DL
Morgan, Anthony (John Adams) WR
Mrosko, Bob (Wickliffe) TE/DE
Murphy, Brandon (Strongsville) RB
Mutryn, Scott (St. Ignatius) QB
Nottingham, Don (Ravenna) RB
Novak, Ken (St. Joseph) OL/DL
Payton, Joel (Mentor) RB
Pearson, Pepe (Euclid) RB
Pennick, Eric (Gilmour Academy) RB
Petruziello, Dave (Lake Catholic) OL
Petruziello, Mark (Lake Catholic) QB
Pettigrew, John (CVCA) RB
Pickens, Joe (St. Ignatius) QB
Pighee, John (JFK) QB
Pigza, Mick (Willoughby South) TE/DE
Poole, Larry (Akron Garfield) RB
Portale, Joe (St. Ed) FB
Powers, Ricky (Buchtel) RB
Pozderac, Phil (Garfield Heights) OL/DL
Ragone, Dave (St. Ignatius) QB
Rice, Paul (University School) RB/LB/P-K
Robertson, Mike (Glenville) DE
Roscoe, Terry (Euclid) RB/NT
Rustad, Ryan (Lakewood) RB
Saffold, Roger (Bedford) OL
Sanders, Marcus (Ravenna) RB
Before the Miami Dolphins, Larry Csonka played for Stow High School.  
Schoen, Tom (VASJ) QB/DB
Shields, Dwyane (Glenville) QB
Shinsky, John (VASJ) OL/DL
Shorts, Cecil (Collinwood) QB/WR/DB
Sincich, Al (St. Joseph) OL
Smith, Gene (Chanel) OL
Smith, Robert (Euclid) RB
Smith, Troy (Glenville) QB
Squirek, Jack (Cuyahoga Heights) LB
St. Clair, Mike (East Tech) DE/TE
Stams, Frank (SVSM) LB/RB
Stanzi, Ricky (Lake Catholic) QB
Staysniak, Joe (Midview) OL
Stenger, Brian (St. Joseph) TE
Stepanovich, Alex (Berea) OL
Stoudemire, Mallory (JFK) OL
Sutton, Tyrell (Hoban) RB
Talley, Darryl (Shaw) LB
Talley, John (Shaw) QB
Trefzger, Rick (Lake Catholic) QB
Trocano, Rick (Brooklyn) QB
Trubisky, Mitch (Mentor) QB
Tupa, Tom (Brecksville) QB/P
Vrabel, Mike (Walsh Jesuit) DE
Wanke, Larry (Benedictine) QB
Washington, Shaq (Maple Heights) QB
Wells, Beanie (Garfield) RB
Whitner, Donte (Glenville) CB
Williams, Chris (St. Ed) RB
Williams, Rashawn (Euclid) RB
Williams, Ray (Benedictine) RB
Winfield, Antoine (Akron Garfield) DB
Wisniewski, Steve (East Lake North) TE
Woods, Mike (Benedictine) LB
Woods, Pierre (Glenville) DE/TE
Zelina, Larry (Benedictine) RB/LB
Zenkewicz, Trent (Saint Ignatius) DL

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