A team for the ages: The 1970s
The Seventies will be remembered for the disco beat, Watergate, world championships by the Yankees, Knicks and New York Nets and futility on the part of the Giants and Jets. It was a decade defined by John Travolta's portrayal of Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and Reggie Jackson's portrayal of Mr. October.
Pro football was not king in the 1970s but on Long Island, high school football was - with the emergence of future NFL stars Boomer Esiason, Dan Jiggets, Sean Farrell and Mike Tice. Here, then, is Newsday's all-time Long Island football team for the 1970s:
New Hyde Park, QB, 1970
Deer Park, RB, 1979
He was a three-sport star, and the only L.I. athlete to win both the Hansen Award as Suffolk's top football player, and the Yastrzemski Award as Suffolk's top baseball player. Baugh was a member of Penn State's 1982 national championship team.
St. Anthony's, OL, 1972
He was the first All-Long Island and All-State selection for the Friars. Buonamici earned four letters at Ohio State.
New Hyde Park, DL, 1978
A ferocious defensive player whose team allowed only seven points in 1977. He won the Thorp Award as Nassau's top player and was a two-time All-Long Island selection.
St. Dominic, QB, 1975
He won the Thorp Award and led his team to a 9-0 season. He was a great all-around player as a passer, runner and kicker. He booted a 26-yard field goal against Notre Dame for Penn State's first points in the 1976 Gator Bowl.
Farmingdale, OL, 1972
Two-way lineman led the Dalers to back-to-back 9-0 seasons and national top-10 rankings. Caraberis was All-Long Island and first team All-State. He played in college at Brown.
Farmingdale, QB, 1973
A Thorp Award winner, Diange lost only one game in three years with the Dalers. He played defense at Penn State.
Ward Melville, DL, 1975
Holy Family, HB, 1974
East Islip, QB, 1978
Boomer is ingrained into the New York sports scene as a former Jet and former NFL MVP with the Bengals, and now as a radio/TV personality. At East Islip, he was All-Long Island and led his team to the Rutgers Trophy. Esiason played college ball at Maryland.
Westhampton, DL, 1977
Berner, OL, 1976
He won the Thorp Award as a dominant two-way lineman for the former Massapequa high school. Feil was a three-year starter at Purdue.
Brentwood, HB, 1970
He won the Hansen Award and led the Indians to their first undefeated season. Franklin was All-Long Island and played at Maryland.
Farmingdale, DL, 1979
Westhampton, DL, 1971
A devastating two-way player, Jiggetts was All-Long Island and a three-time All-Ivy League selection at Harvard. He played seven years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, later becoming the vice-president of the NFL Players Association and a Chicago sports talk show host.
Syosset, QB, 1974
He won the Thorp Award and was the state player of the year. Kupec had an outstanding college career at North Carolina.
Farmingdale, DB, 1976
He was a versatile athlete and a speedster. He ran a 9.6 in the 100. Lankford played at Penn State and had a solid 10-year career with the Miami Dolphins.
Syosset, HB, 1973
Earned All-Long Island and state player-of-the-year honors. Mannix played for Penn State and Rutgers.
Holy Trinity, DL, 1979
He was All-Long Island and led the Titans to their first CHSFL title. Perretta attended Purdue, then played from 1975-80 with the San Diego Chargers and the second half of the 1980 season with the Giants.
Chaminade, QB, 1977
Rogan won the Thorp Award, leading Chaminade to the first CHSFL playoff title. He played college ball at Yale and led his team to three Ivy League titles.
Holy Family, OL, 1975
He was All-Long Island and became an outstanding center and All-American at Notre Dame. He played nine seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Central Islip, QB, 1976
Now the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tice won the Hansen Award and was All-Long Island, leading CI to an undefeated season. Tice played tight end at Maryland, 14 years in the NFL (Seahawks, Vikings and Redskins) and was head coach of the Vikings from 2001-05.