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A team for the ages: The 1990s

Jerone Pettus graduated from Roosevelt High School as

Jerone Pettus graduated from Roosevelt High School as Nassau County's all-time leading rusher. (Oct. 2, 1999) Photo Credit: Photo by Joe Rogate

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

Developed into a real talent at Nassau CC, then played at Wisconsin for two years and four years in the NFL - three with Baltimore.

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

Four-year starter at Maryland, and eight-year NFL veteran. He is the starting center for Detroit.

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

Devastating run-blocker and an All-LI pick. Played at Georgia Tech and a year in the NFL with Baltimore before playing in the Arena Football League.

Holy Trinity, DE, 1999

An All-LI pick, the two-way lineman was a four-year starter at Boston College when the Eagles won four bowl games. Earned All-Big East honors, and played in NFL Europe and Arena Football League.

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

All-LI in leading Colts to their best season up to that point. Played at Western Illinois, and parts of two NFL seasons with San Francisco.

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

All-LI pick led Musketeers to the Suffolk Large Schools crown. Three-year starter at Wisconsin, and played parts of two seasons in NFL with Seattle.

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.

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