Note: Each day before the high school football season begins the Salem News sports staff will discuss a different topic as we Countdown to Kickoff.
Which player do you wish you had seen play live?
PHIL STACEY: Wayne Millner. The only North Shore native in Pro Football’s Hall of Fame was a terrific two-way threat at Salem High in the late 1920s before going on to a stellar career at Notre Dame and All-NFL Team of the 1930s accolades with the Boston and Washington Redskins. Imagine watching him catch passes in the era of leather helmets and virtually no padding?
MATT JENKINS: Frank Candela. I had the opportunity to watch several of Ed Nizwantowski’s great teams and players, but missed out on the “Flash” because I was in college. He had big-time Division 1 college speed; not something you see often in these parts.
MATT WILLIAMS: Steve Lomasney. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore: a guy who can throw and run as smooth as silk, but also plays a rugged style and hits as hard as anyone on the defensive side.
GIANNA ADDARIO: Brian Buckley. After researching the Marblehead great for our series on all-time great quarterbacks last year and learning about his style of play, he seems like he’d be an exciting player to have watched in person.
JEAN DePLACIDO: The Golden Greek, Harry Agganis. The stories about him are legendary; to see him work his magic live at Manning Field for Lynn Classical would have been memorable.
DAN HARRISON: Mark Bavaro. Imagine seeing this man-child catching passes and rushing off the edge against his Danvers High opponents? As one of my father’s all-time favorite players, I wish I had seen him at the high school level.