A team for the ages: The 1960s
The Sixties was a decade of great things - and turmoil. It started with the Kennedy presidency and ended with the Jets and Mets winning championships, the Woodstock festival and men on the moon. In between, there were assassinations, protests, the Beatles, the birth and end of the American Football league, and a lot of great football on Long Island.
Players such as future NFL stars John Niland, Don McCauley and Ed Newman came out of LI's high school gridirons, and are just the beginning of Newsday's all-decade team. So without further ado, and in alphabetical order, Newsday's 1960s all-time Long Island football team:
North Shore, HB/QB, 1967
Rushed for 754 yards and 14 touchdowns in six games in a single-wing formation as a senior. Played 30 games for the New York Jets from 1972-74.
Hempstead, RB, 1960
Lawrence, OT, 1961
He won the Thorp Award and all-American honors in 1961. He went on to captain the Purdue Boilermakers and later became a football and baseball coach at East Islip.
Levittown Memorial, OG, 1964
The devastating run-blocker won the Thorp Award in 1964, then played at Maryland.
Seaford, C, 1966
He led Seaford to a 7-1 season and won the Thorp Award. Koegel was the starting center at Penn State for three seasons, including the back-to-back undefeated squads in 1968 and 1969 before going to the NFL, where he played for the Raiders, Cardinals and Jets.
Hicksville, WR, 1966
Masciello caught 46 passes for 929 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading the Comets to an 8-0 season. An outstanding receiver at Army, he is now a local cardiologist.
Syosset, OL, 1968
Newman led the Braves to back-to-back 7-1 seasons. At Duke, he was an All-American in football and a standout wrestler. Newman played 12 years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, was a four-time Pro Bowler and made the All-Pro first team in 1984.
Amityville, OL, 1961
A dominant force on both sides of the ball, he was all-Suffolk before going to the University of Iowa, where he was a two-time All-American. He had a 10-year NFL career with the Cowboys and Eagles and went to the Pro Bowl six times, making the All-Pro first team twice.
Mineola, QB, 1960
Stichweh won the Thorp Award in 1960 and led the Mustangs to a 7-0-1 season. In college, he was the starting quarterback for Army, where he was compared favorably to Navy's Roger Staubach.
Southampton, OT 1968
Dominant on both sides of the ball, he was a two-time All-Long Island selection and won the Hansen Award as Suffolk's top player in 1968, when the Mariners went 7-0-1. He was All-Ivy League at Dartmouth.
Malverne, RB, 1963
The All-LI selection scored 234 points in three seasons, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. He attended Kansas, where he broke all of Gale Sayers' freshman rushing records before transferring to Hofstra, where he starred in football and basketball. He played for the Denver Broncos in 1969-70 and now coaches basketball at Long Beach High.
Northport, DT, 1967
Won the Hansen Award in 1967, starring at tackle on both sides of the ball. Played defensive tackle for Joe Paterno at Penn State from 1968-71.
East Meadow, LB, 1967
The hard hitter earned the Thorp Award in 1967. He played football and lacrosse at Princeton.
Carey, DB, 1969
Went on to earn All-American status at Purdue in 1973 before going to the NFL (Lions, Jets).
Amityville, OL, 1968-69
Two-way lineman earned All-Long Island twice in an era when only 11 players per year were picked for the team. Played college ball at Ohio State.
Valley Stream South, DB, 1965
He threw for 1,265 yards in the era of the running game. Drimal played at Maryland. He founded PrimEnergy, an energy company in Maryland, and made CNN's list of America's Top 100 wealthiest executives.
Valley Stream Central, DL, 1969
Won Thorp award in 1969 as a two-way lineman, but he was used as a back in short-yardage situations. Played at Penn State and went on to the NFL, where he played 20 games for the Saints in 1974 and '75.
Mineola, DL, 1962
Earned the Thorp award in 1962 and started at middle linebacker for Penn State in 1966 under first-year coach Joe Paterno.
Garden City, DB, 1966
Freeport, LB, 1963
He was the leading tackler for the 8-0 Red Devils and won the Thorp Award in 1963.
Amityville, DT, 1969
Hempstead, DB, 1962, 5-10
Led Hempstead to an 8-0 season by scoring 97 points on offense and distinguishing himself as a hard-hitting defensive back.