All-Century Philly NFL Team
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    This team represents Ted Silary's opinion of the best NFL players from Philadelphia-area high schools through the 1999 season.
    It appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on April 12, 2000. It did not appear on the web site.


Milt Plum QB
Woodbury / Penn State
Teams: Browns, 1957-61; Lions, 1962-'67; Rams, '68; Giants, '69.
Pro Bowl: Two times.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Completed 54 percent of his passes for 17,536 career yards and 122
TDs. . .His 110.4 passer rating in '60 ranks third in NFL history. . .Browns
went 41-19-3 in his five seasons. . .Highest career rating in Browns history
(89.9). . .Four-year starter with Lions.

Franco Harris RB
Rancocas Valley / Penn State
Teams: Steelers, 1972-83; Seahawks, '84.
Pro Bowl: Nine times.
All-Pro: Five times.
Notes: Rushed for 12,120 career yards and 91 TDs while sparking Steelers to
four Super Bowl titles. MVP of SB IX. . .Had eight 1,000-yard seasons. . .Also
had 2,287 receiving yards. . .HOF inductee '90.

Leroy Kelly RB
Simon Gratz / Morgan State
Team: Browns, 1964-73.
Pro Bowl: Six times.
All-Pro: Six times.
Notes: Generated 12,329 combined yards (7,274 rushing, 2,281 receiving,
2,774 on returns) while scoring 90 total TDs. . .Won NFL rushing title in '67
and '68. . .HOF inductee '94.

Irving Fryar WR
Rancocas Valley / Nebraska
Teams: Patriots, 1984-92; Dolphins, 1993-'95; Eagles, 1996-98; Redskins,
Pro Bowl: Five times.
All-Pro: Two times.
Notes: Has made 810 career receptions for 12,237 yards and 79 TDs. . .Also
starred as punt returner (2,055 yards) early in career. . .Posted eight
consecutive seasons with 50-plus catches. . .Had best yardage season (1,316)
at age 35 in '97.

John Taylor WR
Pennsauken / Delaware State
Team: 49ers, 1987-95.
Pro Bowl: Two times.
All-Pro: Two times.
Notes: Caught 347 career passes for 5,598 yards and 43 TDs despite being on
same team with Jerry Rice. . .Made winning TD catch, a 10-yarder with 0:34
left, in Super Bowl XXIII. . .Had game with TD receptions of 95 and 92 yards.
. .Also starred as punt returner (1,517 career yards).

Frank Wycheck TE
Archbishop Ryan / Maryland
Teams: Redskins, 1993-94; Oilers/Titans, 1995-99.
Pro Bowl: Two times.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Has made 318 career receptions for 3,307 and 16 TDs. . .Team leader
in receptions for last four seasons. . .Twice has topped 700 yards.

Erik Williams L
John Bartram / Central State (O.)
Team: Cowboys, 1991-99.
Pro Bowl: Four times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Considered one of game's premier tackles. . .His blocking gave big
boost to QB Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith en route to stardom. . .Has three
Super Bowl rings.

Frank "Bucko" Kilroy L
North Catholic / Temple
Teams: Steagles, 1943; Eagles, 1944-55.
Pro Bowl: Three times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Two-way line starter for championship teams in '48 and '49 and for
runner-up in '47. . .Helped Steve Van Buren win NFL rushing title in that same

Harry Swayne L
Cardinal Dougherty / Rutgers
Teams: Bucs, 1987-90; Chargers, 1991-96; Broncos, 1997-98; Ravens, 1999.
Pro Bowl: None.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Has been a full-time starter in seven seasons. . .Played in three
Super Bowls - with Chargers in XXIX and Broncos in XXXII and XXXIII.
. .Played DE first two seasons.

Joe Fields L
Gloucester Catholic / Widener
Teams: Jets, 1975-87.
Pro Bowl: Two times.
All-Pro: Once.
Notes: Started for nine full seasons beginning in '78. . .Helped Freeman
McNeil become first Jet to lead NFL in rushing in '83 (786) and set
still-standing team record in '85 (1,331). . .Also helped Ken O'Brien lead NFL
QBs in passer rating in '85.

Joe Devlin L
Great Valley / Iowa
Team: Bills, 1976-89.
Pro Bowl: None.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Reliable blocker at tackle and guard in 191 NFL games. . .Among
those he helped to 1,000-yard rushing seasons were O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribbs
and Thurman Thomas. . .Also helped Bills' QBs to five seasons with 3,000-plus
passing yards.

Matt Bahr K
Neshaminy / Penn State
Teams: Steelers, 1979-80; 49ers, 1981; Browns, 1981-1989; Giants, 1990-92;
Eagles, 1993; Patriots, 1993-95.
Pro Bowl: None.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Finished career as NFL's 11th-leading scorer with 522 PAT and 300
field goals for 1,422 points. . .Had seven seasons with at least 20 FGs and
four seasons with at least 100 points. . .Kicker for two Super Bowl champs.

Frank Reagan P
North Catholic / Penn
Teams: Giants, 1941, 1946-48; Eagles, 1949-51.
Pro Bowl: None.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Averaged 43.7 yards on 224 career punts. . .Led NFL with a 51.3
average in 1950. . .Missed four seasons in military. . .Also star at DB (35
career interceptions) and handyman on offense.

Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Ret.
Chichester / Widener
Teams: Oilers, 1974-80; Canada, '81: Falcons, 1982-87; Redskins, 1988.
Pro Bowl: Three times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Returned 282 punts for 3,317 yards (No. 2 total in NFL history) and
six TDs. . .Scored twice on kickoff returns. . .Also made 337 career
receptions for 4,211 yards and 25 TDs. . .Named punt returner on NFL's 75th
anniversary team in '94.


Joe Klecko L
St. James (Pa.) / Temple
Teams: Jets, 1977-87; Colts, 1988.
Pro Bowl: Four times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Made Pro Bowl at three different positions (end, tackle twice, nose
tackle). . .Rang up 77.5 career sacks with Jets, with a high of 20.5 in '81.

Jim Katcavage L
Roman Catholic / Dayton
Teams: Giants, 1956-68.
Pro Bowl: Three times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Top defensive lineman for teams that won three consecutive
conference titles (1961-63). . .Played in six NFL title games. . .Giants'
all-time leader in career fumble recoveries (19).

Art Still L
Camden / Kentucky
Teams: Chiefs, 1978-87; Bills, 1988-89.
Pro Bowl: Four times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Twice selected Chiefs MVP (1980 and '84). . .Posted 72.5 sacks with
Chiefs while leading team six times. . .Also had 992 tackles and 11 fumble
recoveries in KC. . .Inducted into Chiefs HOF in '97.

Mike Jarmoluk L
Frankford / Temple
Teams: Bears, 1946-47; Boston Yanks, 1948; NY Bulldogs, 1949; Eagles,
Pro Bowl: Once.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Starter for Bears' champs in '46 and Eagles' champs in '49. . .Also
played offense. . .Named to Eagles' all-time team in '65. . .Was Eagles'
captain for part of career.

Dave Robinson LB
Moorestown / Penn State
Teams: Packers, 1963-72; Redskins, 1973-74.
Pro Bowl: Three times.
All-Pro: Three times.
Notes: Named to Packers' 50th anniversary team in '69 and to modern-era
team in '76. . .Key performer for champions in Super Bowls I and II.

Al Atkinson LB
Monsignor Bonner / Villanova
Teams: Jets, 1965-74.
Pro Bowl: Once.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Starting middle linebacker for Jets in Super Bowl III; played entire
second half with separated shoulder. . .Long-time starter.

Neal Olkewicz LB
Phoenixville / Maryland
Teams: Redskins, 1979-89.
Pro Bowl: None.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Among defensive leaders for teams that won two Super Bowls and lost
one. . .First on team in tackles three times and second four times.

Herb Adderley B
Northeast / Michigan State
Teams: Packers, 1961-'69; Cowboys, 1970-'72.
Pro Bowl: Five times.
All-Pro: Five times.
Notes: Star player for three SB champs (Packers in I and II, Cowboys in VI)
and for one runner-up (Cowboys in V). . .Returned 48 career interceptions for
1,046 yards and seven TDs. . .HOF inductee '80.

Emlen Tunnell B
Teams: Giants, 1948-58; Packers, 1959-61.
Pro Bowl: Eight times.
All-Pro: Four times.
Notes: Ranks first in NFL history with yardage on interceptions (1,282) and
second in interceptions (79). . .In '52, he totaled more yardage on
interceptions and kick returns (923) than the NFL rushing leader. . .Made
NFL's 50th anniversary team in '59. . .Hall of Fame inductee in 1967.

Deron Cherry B
Palmyra / Rutgers
Teams: Chiefs, 1981-91.
Pro Bowl: Six times.
All-Pro: Six times.
Notes: Returned 50 career interceptions for 688 yards. Also made 927
tackles and 15 fumble recoveries. . .Had six 100-tackle seasons. . .Inducted
into Chiefs Hallof Fame in '95.

Kevin Ross B
Paulsboro / Temple
Teams: Chiefs, 1984-93, 1997; Falcons, 1994-95; Chargers, 1996.
Pro Bowl: Two times.
All-Pro: None.
Notes: Earned starting job with Chiefs as rookie and retained it through 10
seasons, five of which resulted in playoff visits. . .Made 30 interceptions
with Chiefs and returned them 561 yards. . .Ran back an interception 99 yards
for a TD in 1992.

Best of the rest

Willie "Flipper" Anderson, WR, Paulsboro, UCLA, 1988-96; Rams/Colts, 267
rec./5,357 yds./28 TDs.

Bob Bell, DL, West Phila., Cincinnati, 1971-78, Lions/Cardinals.

Steve Bono, QB, Norristown, UCLA, 1985-99,
Vikings/Steelers/49ers/Chiefs/Packers/Rams/Panthers; 934 of 1,701/10,439
yds./62 TDs.

James Brown, L, Jules Mastbaum, Virginia State, 1993-99, Jets/Dolphins.

John Brown, L, Camden, Syracuse, 1962-71, Browns/Steelers.

Greg Buttle, LB, Mainland, Penn State, 1976-84, Jets.

John Cappelletti, RB, Monsignor Bonner, Penn State, 1974-78/1980-83,
Rams/Chargers, 824 rushes/2,951 yds. /24 TDs.

Dick Christy, Ret., St. James (Pa.), North Carolina State, 1958/1960-63,
Steelers/Patriots/NY Titans.

Angelo Coia, WR, Northeast, Southern Cal, 1960-66, Bears/Redskins/Falcons;

Andre Collins, LB, Cinnaminson, Penn State, 1990-99,

Ed Cook, L, South Catholic, Notre Dame, 1958-67, Cardinals/Falcons.

Jim Cooper, L, Cardinal Dougherty, Temple, 1977-86, Cowboys.

Jack Ferrante, WR, West Phila., None, Eagles, 1941, 1944-50, 169/2,894/31.

Frank Gallagher, L, St. James (Pa.), North Carolina, 1967-73,

Rich Gannon, QB, St. Joe's Prep, Delaware, 1987-99,
Vikings/Redskins/Chiefs/Raiders; 1,304-2,273/14,998/90.

Anthony Griggs, LB, John F. Kennedy, Villanova/Ohio State, 1982-88,

David Griggs, LB, Pennsauken, Virginia, 1989-94, Dolphins/Chargers.

Burt Grossman, DL, Archbishop Carroll, Pittsburgh, 1989-94,

Randy Grossman, TE, Haverford High, Temple, 1974-81, Steelers; 119/1,514/5.

Marvin Harrison, WR, Roman Catholic, Syracuse, 1996-99, Colts;

Dwight Hicks, DB, Pennsauken, Michigan, 1979-86, 49ers/Colts.

George Jamison, LB, Bridgeton, Cincinnati, 1987-98; Lions/Chiefs.

Lance Johnstone, DL, Germantown, Temple, 1996-99, Raiders.

Bill Maas, DL, Marple-Newtown, Pittsburgh, 1984-93, Chiefs/Packers.

Brison Manor, DL, Bridgeton, Arkansas, 1977-84, Broncos/Bucs.

Lydell Mitchell, RB, Salem, Penn State, 1972-80, Colts/Chargers/Rams; 1,675
rushes/6,534 yards rushing/3,203 yards receiving/47 total TDs.

Tom Mitchell, TE, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Bucknell, 1966-77,
Raiders/Colts/49ers; 239/3,181/24.

John Pergine, LB, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Notre Dame, 1969-75, Rams/Redskins.

Derrick Ramsey, TE, Camden, Kentucky, 1978-87, Raiders/Patriots/Lions;

Jesse Richardson, DL, Roxborough, Alabama, 1953-64, Eagles/Patriots.

Irvin "Bo" Roberson, WR, John Bartram, Cornell, 1961-66,
Chargers/Raiders/Bills/Dolphins; 176/2,917/12.

Dave Rowe, DL, Deptford, Penn State, 1967-78,

Mike Rozier, RB, Woodrow Wilson (N.J.), Nebraska, 1985-91, Oilers/Falcons;

Todd Rucci, L, Upper Darby, Penn State, 1993-99, Patriots.

Jim Ryan, LB, Bishop Eustace, William & Mary, 1979-88, Broncos.

Harry Schuh, L, Neshaminy, Memphis State, 1965-74, Raiders/Rams/Packers.

Irv Smith, TE, Pemberton, Notre Dame, 1993-99, Saints/49ers/Browns;

Alonzo Spellman, DL, Rancocas Valley, Ohio State, 1992-99, Bears/Cowboys.

Don Strock, QB, Owen J. Roberts, Virginia Tech, 1974-88, Dolphins/Browns;

Keith Taylor, DB, Pennsauken, Illinois, 1988-96, Colts/Saints/Redskins.

John Tracey, LB, Northeast, Texas A&M, 1959-67, Cardinals/Eagles/Bills.

J.T. Turner, L, Benjamin Franklin, Duke, 1977-84, Giants/Redskins.

Troy Vincent, DB, Pennsbury, Wisconsin, 1992-99, Dolphins/Eagles.

Charles Way, RB, Northeast, Virginia, 1995-99, Giants; 337 rushes/1,356
rushing yards/898 receiving yardage/14 total TDs.

Dwayne White, L, Southern, Alcorn State, 1990-96, Jets/Cardinals.