A team for the ages: The 1990s
The 1990s brought global change with three little "w's" -- World Wide Web. The Internet explosion dictated new parameters in the way we live. "Chatting" served up a whole new language of LOL, BTW, BRB, ROFL and TTYL, and we held our breath to see if our computers would survice the Y2K bug.
From Pokemon, Gretzky and Jordan to Joe Torre's Yankees, this was the setting for these players on Newsday's all-time Long Island football team for the 1990s.
North Babylon, RB/LB, 1998
"The TouchdownMaker'' won Hansen Award as a senior while rushing for 1,505 yards and 26 TDs. Two-time All-Long Island selection and four-year starter rushed for 4,038 career yards and scored 77 TDs as Bulldogs went 40-3 and won three Long Island titles. Played at Syracuse University.
Mepham, DB, 1990
Connetquot, RB/DB, 1992
Speedy back rushed for 2,045 and 21 TDs as a senior. He led the Thunderbirds to the first LI Class I title (1992). A two-time All-LI selection, rushed for 5,282 career yards and scored 230 points. Played at Nassau CC and Rutgers.
Comsewogue, QB/DB, 1996
Newsday's first three-time All-LI player, he led the Warriors to their only LI title. A three-time All-American lacrosse player at Duke and currently men's lacrosse coach at Lehigh.
Farmingdale, RB/ LB, 1991
All-LI in leading Farmingdale to Rutgers Cup as Newsday's top Nassau County team. Was All-America at West Virginia, setting school season record with 16.5 sacks. Played six years in the NFL with Cincinnati.
Half Hollow Hills West, OL, 1996
Whitman, LB, 1991
All-LI player and Whitman's first four-year starter. Had 106 tackles in eight games as a senior, and was a walk-on at Penn State where he was a two-year starter and the team's leading tackler.
Roosevelt, DL, 1991
Holy Trinity, DE, 1999
Freeport, OT/LB, 1995
All-LI as a senior and runner-up for both the Thorp and Martone Awards. Led Red Devils to seven wins for the first time in 22 years and had stellar career at Syracuse. Seven-year NFL veteran is now with Houston.
Half Hollow Hills West, DB, 1994
St. Anthony's, T, 1998
All-LI and first team all-state, and an All-Atlantic 10 Conference player at Delaware. Played five years in Arena Football League.
Lawrence, OT/DT, 1999
All-LI pick and dominating force at 6-6, 315 pounds, transferred to Lawrence for his senior season after two years at Long Beach. Won Martone Award (outstanding lineman in Nassau County) and was finalist for Thorp Award. A three-year starter at Ohio State and twice a second team All-Big Ten pick, played four seasons in NFL with San Diego.
Roosevelt, RB, 1999
Nassau's all-time leading rusher with 5,841 yards, won Thorp Award in leading Roosevelt to LI Class IV title. Played in college at Wisconsin.
Elmont, OT/DT, 1990
All-LI pick was often double or triple-teamed on defense. Three-year starter at Penn State and twice All-Big Ten second team selection. Ten-year NFL veteran, nine with Green Bay, and three-time NFL all-pro.
Patchogue-Medford, WB/LB, 1997
One of LI's fiercest tacklers, won Newday's Hansen Award as a senior (Suffolk County's outstanding player) and two-time winner of Collotta Award (Suffolk's best linebacker). Led Raiders to two LI Class I titles and a 22-game winning streak. Two-time All-LI pick had 154 tackles as a junior and 105 as a senior. Standout at Boston College and now a professional boxer.
Lawrence, RB, 1995
All-LI pick led GoldenTornado to first LI title. Had good career at Hofstra before broken leg ended his career, then played in several preseason games with the Jets.
Ward Melville, K/P, 1991
Holds state record for longest field goal - 62 yards. All-LI pick, and All-American punter at West Virginia. Played for six teams in 13-year NFL career, making all-pro three times.
Massapequa, WR, 1994
All-LI pick and played on two Long Island championship teams. Was standout wide receiver at Georgia Tech.
Freeport, RB/OT/LB, 1998
Won Thorp Award as a senior and was two-time winner of Piner Award (Nassau's top linebacker). Led Red Devils to three Conference I title games. A two-time All-LI pick, had outstanding career at Syracuse, and played five seasons in NFL.
Central Islip, LB, 1990
North Babylon, RB/WR, 1991
All-LI in rushing for 428 yards in a game against Hauppauge in 1991. A three-time all-Big East receiver at West Virginia.
Mepham, RB/DB, 1994
Only two-time winner of Thorp Award, rushed for 5,360 career yards and 59 TDs. First Nassau player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season and was two-time All-LI pick in leading Pirates to playoffs three times. Third-team All-American at West Virginia and seven-year NFL veteran with three teams.