FLASHBACK ~ THE GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER EVER
Ken Hall: Greatest High School Football Player in History
Kenneth "The Sugar Land Express" Hall (born December 13, 1935, in Madisonville, Texas is a retired American football player whose greatest accomplishments were as a high school athlete. Playing for the Sugar Land High School Gators ( Sugar Land, Texas ) from 1950 to 1953, Hall established 17 national football records, several of which still stand over 50 years later.
Hall's career prep rushing records of 11,232 yards (1950: 569 yd; 1951: 3,160 yd; 1952: 3,458 yd; 1953: 4,045 yd) and 32.9 points per game (1953/12) are still national records. His record of 38 one hundred-yard games was tied by Steve Worster in 1966, but wasn't broken until the mid-1980s by Emmit Smith. Hall also finished his career with 14,558 yards of total offense (11,232 rushing/3,326 passing), a record that would last until being broken by future Major League Baseball player J. R. House in 1998.
At Sugar Land, Hall played in the single-wing formation at quarterback standing 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and weighing in at 190 lb (86 kg). According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Hall still holds multiple single-season records, including average points per game (32.9), touchdowns per game (4.8) and rushing yards per game (337.1).
In a contest against Houston Lutheran High School in 1953, Hall averaged 47.3 yards on 11 carries for 520 yards (the state record for nearly 25 years, currently 4th), returned a punt 82 yards, a kickoff run of 64 yards and snatched a 21 yard interception for a combined 687 total yards.
Hall was recruited by a number of prominent schools, and chose to attend Texas A & M under legendary college coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Hall played in the Canadian Football League and for various National Football League teams between 1957 and 1961.
In 1983, Hall was enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame. Hall also belongs to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Hall was honored, by Sports Link, in 1999 with the creation of the Kenneth Hall Trophy. Serving as the nation's highest high school football honor, the Kenneth Hall Trophy (molded in Hall's likeness) is presented annually to the most outstanding football player in the nation. Some past winners include Chris Leak, Adrian Peterson, Mitch Mustain , and Terrelle Pryor.
Fifty-five years later, Hall still holds the following Texas State records
Single-season rushing yards (4,045/1953; this was accomplished in 12 games, and Hall remains the only Texas running back to rush for over 4,000 yards in one year)
Career scoring (899 points/1950-53)
Single-season scoring (395 points/1953/12)
Rushing per game (337.1 yards/1953/12)
Points per game (32.9/1953/12)
Career rushing (11,232 yards/1950-53)
SEPTEMBER 27, 1982
KEN HALL'S LIFE SEEMED ALL too perfect on a recent evening as he walked out the front door of his San Marino, California home with his wife, Gloria—his high school sweetheart, of course—at his side. The soft music from the stereo in the family room followed them, and a breeze gently stirred the leaves of elm trees. Indeed, the combination of Southern California weather, this neighborhood, those cars in the driveway and the elegance inside can do a lot to smooth life's rough edges. The entire scene was a quintessential testimonial to the fulfillment of the American dream, which is why it seemed incongruous to hear Hall musing, "Failure teaches you one thing. It teaches you that you don't want to fail again."
Hall, 46, an upwardly mobile executive vice-president for Sweetener Products Company, a Los Angeles firm that distributes sucrose, relates more to failure than success. All at once, his is a story that is too sweet and too bitter.
Ken Hall, you see, is the best high school football player ever. Period. Nobody else is even close. Billy Simms, Doak Walker, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Earl Campbell .....all you guys sit down and shut up. Today, 29 years after he finished his career at Sugar Land ( Texas ) High School, Ken Hall still holds 12 national records.
Playing tailback in the single wing, he rushed for a career 11,232 yards. Second, with a paltry 7,738 yards, is ex—Oklahoma star, Sims, who amazed everyone as the ultimate back while playing for Hooks ( Texas ) High. In most yards rushing in a single season, Hall is first with 4,045 in 1953. He is also second with 3,458 in 1952. In his four-year career, Hall scored 899 points; second is Mike Atkinson of Princeton, N.C., who scored 672. That's almost 38 touchdowns. In total career offense Hall accounted for 14,558 yards, 3,107 more than No. 2, Ron Cuccia, who played quarterback at Los Angeles’ Wilson High in 1975, '76 and '77.
In addition, according to the National Federation of State High School associations, Hall holds national records for most points in a season (395), most touchdowns in a season (57) and in a career (127), total offense in a season (5,146 yards), most 100-yard games in a career (38), most consecutive 100-yard games (21), most average yards rushing per game in a season (337.1) and most total offense per game for a season (428.8 yards).
What makes Hall's records even more remarkable is the fact that he generally played little or not at all in the second half of a game. Against Houston Lutheran in 1953, Hall set the national single-game rushing record of 520 yards on only 11 carries, a 47.3 yard average. He played only a few minutes in the second half. That mark was broken in 1974 by John Bunch of Elkins, Ark., who ran for 608 yards. But he carried the ball 38 times and played the entire game.
Hall was the Sugar Land Dandy, the Sugar Land Express, the sugarcoated halfback, one sweet talent. He was junior class president, graduated third in his class of 24 and was voted Most Handsome at Sugar Land High in 1953; Gloria was Football Sweetheart and valedictorian.
Then he went off to college at Texas A & M. And he failed. He was a spectacular failure, a lights-out failure, a flameout.
He quit midway through his sophomore year, then begged and cried his way back onto the team for his junior season, but then quit again. He never started a game for the Aggies and didn't letter. The coach didn't like the way Hall didn't block and the way he didn't play defense and, truth be told, the way Hall didn't think the moon was hung on football. The coach was Bear Bryant.
Hall ultimately wandered off to play pro football in Canada with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1957 and then returned for brief stints with the NFL and the AFL and the NFL again. By 1962, he was back home in Sugar Land, working as a tour guide for the Imperial Sugar Company. Says Hall, "It was a good job."
Wrong. It was a lousy job. But Hall doesn't complain about anything. Almost three decades after his glory days, Hall's attitude toward that period is perfect: He simply doesn't think about it. "I've found that people who live in the past are unhappy with the present," he says. "I love the present." Unlike so many, Hall has been busy through the years proving that there is life—yes, even a meaningful life—after football.
And he isn't the least bit miffed to be a legend largely forgotten. Standing alongside the Georgia practice field the other day, Herschel Walker—who rushed for 3,167 yards in 1979 as a high schooler in Wrightsville, Ga., to become No. 4 on the all-time single-season rushing list (remember, Hall is first and second) and who had 32 100-yard games in his high school career, second on the national list (remember, Hall is first)—was asked if he knew of Ken Hall. "What did he do?" Herschel said.
What did he do?
SUGAR LAND USED TO BE THE TEXTBOOK example of an idyllic little town where high school football was king, men were men and women were women—and all knew their place. Now, sadly, Houston is just about to overrun Sugar Land.
Kempner Stadium, the field that Hall made sacrosanct, is still there. Hall's coach at Sugar Land, L.V. (Dugan) Hightower stood on the 50-yard line a few weeks ago and said, "This field still shakes. Lord, I'd give anything to see him out here one more time."
As Hightower recalled one incredible Hall feat after another, he kept pointing here and there, showing his visitor where it had all happened. Like the game against Orchard High, when Hall took the first snap and went 80 yards on a sweep right for a touchdown. Oops! Sugar Land’s Gators were offside. So Hall immediately called the same play, only as a sweep left, and went 85 yards for a touchdown.
In that game against Houston Lutheran, Hall also scored 49 points to beat by one the national single-game record set by Dick Todd of Crowell, Texas, in 1934. He scored seven touchdowns, seven extra points, returned a kickoff 64 yards, ran back a pass interception 21 yards, returned a punt for 82—and wound up with 520 yards rushing. And he doesn't have the foggiest recollection of it. "There were a lot of games I only played a quarter," says Hall. "I remember one game where I never got tackled. I carried the ball, let's see, maybe seven plays altogether. Or did I dream that?"
His question is legitimate. With legends, the line between fact and fiction is thin. Hightower, for example, swears that Hall didn't even come out for football his freshman year (1950) until after Sugar Land had lost five straight and the school superintendent made an urgent appeal. With Hall on the scene, Hightower says, the Gators won the last four games by a combined score of 131-7, and Hall scored 58 points. Hall's recollection is that he was on the team the whole year, but it wasn't until the sixth game of the season, against district rival Santa Fe, that the Gators finally won, 53-0. Previously, Hall recalls shakily, he mostly passed, but "nobody was open so I started running, and I thought, Hey, this ain't so bad. Why not do it more?" And sitting there in San Marino, with a Bud and a cigarette and the glasses he now wears for the fine print, Hall allows himself a tiny smile.
The legend is that Hall led his team to a 37-1-1 record (the loss being a game he missed with a neck injury) and three straight regional championships, then the ultimate honor for B-level football in Texas. The truth seems to be that Hall led his team to a 37-6-1 record and three regional titles in four years. Either way, pretty good.
What did he do?
KENNETH HALL, SON OF the Sugar Land constable, grew up on Brooks Street, fishing for anything dumb enough to get on his hook in Oyster Creek. Again, the legend is Hall burning to play football after his dad put a football in his crib; the truth is he was just as happy riding his bike and playing trumpet in the band.
Ken's mother, Imogene, says her son was "just average. Football was never talked about in our house. He felt if he played good, that was great, and if he didn't, he didn't. I enjoyed it when we won and hated it when we lost. That's about it."
Hall was so good, the people in Sugar Land got the blahs over him; he was supposed to do what he did. Against East Chambers his junior year, Hall produced a 21-0 lead the first three times he touched the ball. He ran back the kickoff for a score. He returned East Chambers's first punt for a score. He ran for a touchdown on Sugar Land’s first play from scrimmage. "The games got kind of boring with Kenneth scoring and scoring," says Imogene.
Naturally, there are those who say the competition was inferior, and at times it was. But the facts are, hundreds of thousands of other players have encountered similar opposition over the years and not come close to Hall's achievements. Hall was no fluke. In addition to his football heroics, he was a starter for the Gators basketball team and twice led Sugar Land to the state Class B track and field championship. He ran the 100 in 9.7, the 220 in 21.4, the 440 in 49 flat; he long-jumped 23 feet and put the shot 53' 7"; he ran the anchor leg on the 440-yard relay; and occasionally he threw the discus and competed in the high jump.
T.C. Rozelle and Herb Shelton, two longtime fans, were sitting around Hightower's kitchen table recently, drinking coffee and telling lies, and Shelton said, "We knew way back then we were really enjoying ourselves, but we also know Kenneth's greatness grows over the years."
Truth be told, Hall is being forgotten rapidly. In 1959 Sugar Land High was closed and replaced by one big high school for a lot of towns. Ronnie Bell, the coach at the consolidated high school, John Foster Dulles in Stafford, says, "I just can't understand how good Hall must have been. But there are probably not a lot of people who even remember now."
Correct. Further, there is almost nothing around Sugar Land to perpetuate the memory of the finest high school player ever to buckle a chin strap. The newspaper office burned down, destroying many of the accounts and records. The current local sports editor has never heard of Hall. The trophies are, well, who knows where. There are only a few photographs, a couple of films, no plaques.
The football stadium at Dulles High is named after Edward Mercer, a former school superintendent. Leslie A. Wheeler Jr. Fieldhouse is named for a former school board president. There is a John Frankie Field, named after a former football player and head basketball coach at Rice. The airport is Don Hull Airport, for the man who built it. In 1980 it was proposed to the city council that a new street be named Ken Hall Thoroughfare. Ultimately, the city fathers named it Jess R. Pirtle Boulevard, in honor of a local civil engineer, who, Hightower says, "did lots of things for the town."
What did Ken Hall do?
NATURALLY, EVERY COLLEGE THAT PUMPED up a football wanted him. He chose Texas A & M because, among other reasons, it was close. That, as it turned out, was the only good thing about A&M for Ken Hall.
"When he showed up in College Station,” says Jack Pardee, the former NFL All-Pro and head coach who was an All-America fullback and linebacker at Texas A & M when Hall went there, "I looked at a guy that big [6' 1", 205 pounds], with that speed and those motor skills, and I figured I had just been demoted to second string. He was the prototype back." A classmate of Hall's was halfback John David Crow, who would win the Heisman Trophy in 1957. "Lord knows I love Coach Bryant to death," Crow says, "but I'll say this, if Kenneth Hall had gone to play under someone like Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma. the world would never have heard much about John David Crow.” When asked the other day what went wrong with Hall, Bryant responded, "I don't think anything went wrong with him. It was me. I was stupid. You're a fool to think, as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike. He should have been an All-America for me. With him, we'd have won the national championship in 1957. Without him, we lost it."
Pardee suggests that Hall's world-class failure at A&M was "because Coach Bryant believed that you played defense first and then found a position in the offense. So Ken Hall had his skills reversed." Almost inexplicably, Bryant shuffled Hall, always a tailback, to fullback. Never mind that Hall had never been taught how to block. Bryant was irate when Hall couldn't block. Then Bryant made Hall a linebacker (they played both ways in those days), though he had always played defensive back in high school.
Hightower says, "When it all happened at A&M, I blamed Bear. Now I've changed my mind. It was just two personalities that didn't congeal. I think the both of them were just as much to blame."
Imogene isn't quite so charitable. "Kenneth isn't a quitter," she says. "But Bear Bryant just wasn't real nice to him. Here Kenneth was after four years of being treated great and suddenly he's being run down, shoved around and talked ugly to. It does something to a fellow."
When the A&M freshmen opened their season, Hall was at fullback and Crow and Lloyd Taylor were at halfback. The first time Hall carried the ball as a collegian, he ran for a touchdown. By season's end, he was the Southwest Conference's leading freshman scorer with 30 points—five touchdowns in five games. He had gained 206 yards on 26 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per rush.
Though not happy with the role of fullback, Hall felt he had performed well in his first year. But the A&M coaches cared about only one thing: that Hall couldn't play linebacker worth a damn.
Midway through his sophomore year, Hall became disenchanted. "I worked hard," Hall says, "but I was sitting on the bench. After our seventh game I decided I couldn't stand the situation anymore and went home to Sugar Land and got married."
Fearing later that he had reacted too emotionally in quitting the team, Hall approached Bryant about returning for spring practice that year. The Bear accepted him back, and Hall immediately set about to challenge Pardee for the starting fullback job.
His junior season, however, was more of the same. Hall grew weary of the practice-session criticism he received and the spot duty he was dealt on game days, and again became discouraged.
"Before we were to play Baylor midway through the season," Hall recalls, "I was told I was going to start. Jack Pardee was injured, and I was eager to get my chance. But just before the kickoff, Bryant told me he had decided to start Jack. As I remember it, I played some, gaining pretty good yardage every time I carried the ball, but just as soon as I felt I was really getting into the flow of the game, they would take me out. Before the game was over I found myself standing on the sidelines, wondering if I really wanted to play anymore.
"After the game I told Coach Bryant I was leaving. That was it. No discussion or anything.
"I don't blame anyone. It was just one of those things in life you have to learn to deal with. Looking back, I'd have to say I learned something from the experience."
Today, Bryant admits he should have put Crow at fullback and Hall at halfback. By asking Hall to do a lot of things he didn't know how to do, Bryant hopelessly confused him. At the same time Hall probably didn't burn enough in his gut. Halfback Ed Dudley, who was his roommate at A&M, says of his friend, "Kenneth was one of those easygoing kids who was never going to buck the system. Even when he was down and upset, I don't think it ever occurred to him to confront Bryant.”
Pardee says, "You sure need to keep a player like Ken Hall on the team and not run him off. He was just too good a talent." Bryant agrees on both points. So Hall left A&M forever, a college bust.
What did Hall do?
AFTER MY EXPERIENCE AT A&M," SAYS HALL, "I knew it was time to back up and regroup. But when you back up, the important thing is that you don't back up too far." So in 1957, armed with a $7,000 contract plus $700 for expenses to get there, Hall skipped what would have been his senior year at A&M and went to Canada to play for the Edmonton Eskimos. For the season he rushed 48 times for 376 yards, for an average of 7.8 yards; caught nine passes for 292 more yards; punted 22 times for a 41.2-yard average; and scored four touchdowns, one on a 73-yard punt return. But it was only Canada.
In 1958 the Baltimore Colts drafted Hall in the 14th round. It was the Johnny Unitas era, and Hall seemed to have won a spot on the roster until the Giants' Sam Huff crunched him during an exhibition in Louisville, cracking the sixth vertebra in Hall's neck in five places.
That ended the 1958 season. "After that, I really never had all my coordination," Hall says. In a three-team trade before the '59 season, Hall was dealt to Pittsburgh and then on to the old Chicago Cardinals. The Cardinals cut him during the 1960 preseason. Hall moved on to Houston and helped the Oilers win the first AFL title, in '60. He is in the Oilers' record book twice, for the highest kickoff-return average for a season—31.3 yards—and also the longest return, a 104-yarder against the old New York Titans. The one football memento Hall displays is his Oilers championship ring. After he suffered a broken shoulder in the '61 preseason, Houston dumped him. He did play that season as a flanker for the St. Louis Cardinals (for $16,000), catching three passes for 38 yards. "Enough is enough," Hall recalls thinking. "I proved I could play."
To himself, at least. Still, Hall is one of the two greatest tragedies in football; Joe Don Looney is the other. Joe Don was entirely different, an absolutely undisciplined running back who was booted off the Oklahoma team by the normally mild-mannered Wilkinson in 1963 and had an undistinguished five-year career as a pro. Football people often get misty when they talk of Joe Don as most likely the finest football player ever to put on a suit. He blew it and wandered off to oblivion.
Hall has done just the opposite, moving ahead, doing well and believing deeply that yesterdays are gone. Says Gloria, "We don't talk about regrets."
Mostly, Ken Hall is a case study in how you go about playing the cards you're dealt. He is, make no mistake, a happy guy who gets special pleasure in evening walks through San Marino with Gloria. He loves football; he thinks the young players are bigger, faster, stronger, better (and, in fact, nearly all Hall's records have been broken). He makes it a point not to criticize Bryant and, in fact, expresses great admiration for him. Hall's attitude is: " Bryant says I'm his biggest mistake. There's honor in that."
And there's honor in Hall. "So much has happened since high school that is so much more important," he says. "Like those two kids up there." He takes a long look at the photo on the living room wall of Chuck, now 24, and Mike, 21. Both were decent high school players, but that was it. Which doesn't bother Ken. He knows, better than anyone, that life isn't fair, but it does go on.
Which is why it was a proper but difficult step for him in 1970 to leave Imperial Sugar in Sugar Land for a better opportunity with another sugar company, McKeany-Flavell Company, Inc., in San Francisco. Last November he took still another new job with Sweetener Products in Vernon, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. On Hall's office wall there is this sign: MAN CANNOT DISCOVER NEW OCEANS UNLESS HE HAS THE COURAGE TO LOSE SIGHT OF THE SHORE.
Reflecting back on it all, Hall says now, "Maybe all this football stuff wasn't supposed to have happened perfectly for me. But there's a lot of positive in any negative situation. Negatives can be a wonderful thing. Really, there are no negatives."
And so you needn't ask, What did Ken Hall do?
MOST YARDS RUSHING CAREER
KEN HALL (Sugar Land, Texas)
BILLY SIMS (Hooks, Texas)
STEVE TATE (Luther, Okla.)
DAVID OVERSTREET (Big Sandy, Texas)
MARK FINCHER (Jayton, Texas)
BOBBY MITCHELL (Big Sandy, Texas)
JAMES COOPER (Raymond, Miss.)
JEFF WOMACK (Warren County, Tenn.)
ALFRED (SONNY) COLLINS (Madisonville, Ky.
HERSCHEL WALKER (Wrightsville, Ga.)
Date of Birth: December 13, 1935
(1935-12-13) (age 73)
Place of birth: Madisonville, Texas
Career information _ Positions: QB/RB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
College: Texas A & M - NFL Draft: 1958Round: 14 / Pick: 165 Organizations As player:
1961 ~ Edmonton Eskimos
St. Louis Cardinals
Career highlights and awards Awards: Championships:
3× HS Football
(35-1 record from 1951-1953/12 games per)
2× HS Track and Field
1× HS Basketball Honors: Kenneth Hall Trophy
Kenneth Hall Stadium
Hall Lakes (40-acre subdivision in Sugar Land, TX)
Ken Hall Blvd. Records: 11,232 Career Rushing Yards - HS
32.9 Points Per Game - HS
31.2 yards kickoff return % - Houston Oilers
104 yard TD return - Houston Oilers
- 11,232 Career Rushing Yards (1950-1953)
- 4,045 Single-Season Rushing Yards (1953/12)
- 899 Career Scoring (1950-1953)
- 395 Single-Season Scoring (1953/12)
- 337.1 Yards Rushing Per Game (1953/12)
- 57 Single-Season TDs (1953/12)
- 38 (100 Yard Games/1950-1953)
- 32.9 Points Per Game (1953/12)
Hall was recruited by a number of prominent colleges, and chose to attend Texas A&M under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Unfortunately, the two men did not see eye to eye and Hall felt he had no other choice but to move on.
Some said it was Hall who failed, but Bryant later admitted that Hall was HIS failure, his most spectacular failure. Bryant was quoted as saying, "You're a fool to think, as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike. Hall should have been an All-American for me. With him, we'd have won the national championship in 1957. Without him, we lost it."
John David Crow, the 1957 Heisman Trophy winner, classmate and close friend of Hall's, told SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, "If Kenneth Hall had gone to play under someone like Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma, the world would never have heard much about John David Crow."
Ineligible to play due to NCAA rules, Hall thus chose to play for the Canadian League (which began his pro career) after leaving A&M for a second time.
- 1957 Edmonton Eskimos (Canadian League)
Co-Rookie of the Year
- 1958 Baltimore Colts - NFL Champions
NOTE: Hall was on the injured reserve list
- 1959 Chicago Cardinals
- 1960 Houston Oilers - AFL Champions
- 1961 St. Louis Cardinals
Currently there's an in-depth, feature-length documentary about Hall's life being produced and directed by Max Wild of Wild Films. It's being edited presently and should be released later this year. The title is, "THE SUGAR LAND EXPRESS: THE KEN HALL STORY." More details about its release and distribution to be announced (DVDs will be available for purchase on this site when available).
In 1983, Hall was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. He's also enshrined in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Bob Bullock Museum.
In 2004 the KENNETH HALL STADIUM was inaugurated in his honor in Missouri City (just outside of Sugar Land, TX). With a cost of $20 Million, this ten-thousand seat, state-of-the-art stadium complex will forever stand as a tribute to Hall's astonishing achievements.
To honor the new generation of great young athletes, Sports Link created the KENNETH HALL TROPHY (see Wikipedia) in 2000. The trophy is molded in Hall's likeness and is presented annually to the most outstanding high school football player in the nation (a.k.a. the High School Heisman).
Past Hall Trophy Winners Include:
- 2000 Kevin Jones - RB- Chicago Bears
- 2001 Lorenzo Booker - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
- 2002 Chris Leak - QB - Team Florida (AAFL)
- 2003 Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings (2007 NFL Rookie of the Year)
- 2004 Ryan Perrilloux - QB - Jackson State
- 2005 Mitch Mustain - QB - USC
- 2006 James Clausen - QB - Notre Dame
- 2007 Terrelle Pryor - QB - Ohio State
- 2008 Bryce Brown - RB - Miami (FL)
Also named after Hall is "HALL LAKES"; a 40-acre subdivision in Sugar Land, mere feet from his childhood home, which broke ground in the early 1980s.
Hall has been happily married to his high school sweetheart Gloria Ross for 52 years and they have two sons, Chuck and Mike, and five beautiful grandchildren.
With a captured audience in the millions, Hall continues to inspire, influence and guide our nation's youth by stressing education, team work and commitment throughout his numerous national appearances. More active than ever, this media darling of fifty years participates annually in the Army All-American Bowl, delivering motivational speeches at various national combines, and high schools throughout the nation. Hall also continues to be a favorite keynote speaker of corporate America while appearing regularly in print and media outlets year round
Perhaps now when someone may ask, "Who was Ken Hall? You'll know."
He was simply the "Greatest High School Football Player that ever lived."