Since the program was founded in 1907, there has been a storied legacy of football greatness at St. John’s Prep. The Eagles have produced countless college players, and a few wound up playing on Sundays in NFL stadiums. Here are the five very best to ever suit up for St. John’s: 




* Danvers native started under center from the time he was a freshman

* Led Eagles to 11-0 mark and Super Bowl title in 1997 by throwing 15 TD passes as a senior captain

* Broke all SJP passing records, passing for 3,700+ career yards

* Massachusetts and Gatorade Player of the Year in ‘97 as team was ranked 23rd in the country

* His 43-yard TD run powered Prep’s thrilling 15-14 win over Xaverian in Thanksgiving Day battle of unbeatens before 10,000 fans

* Nationally recruited star went to Boston College and graduated third all-time in passing yards (5,837) and 48 TDs at BC

* Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003 and spent 8 years in NFL with Steelers, Cardinals, Ravens and Panthers

* Finished St. John’s Prep career with 23-13 overall record 

* Also excelled in basketball and baseball in high school

* Led Boston College to four straight Bowl Games 

* Threw 2 NFL career TD passes, completing 13-of-28 for 173 yards and TD in game for Carolina in 2010

 *Was color commentator for BC football games on WEEI

 *Named St. John’s Prep head football coach last January  




* Captain was a punishing runner who had over 1,500 yards and 19 TDs as a junior

* Catholic Conference MVP in ‘93 and on everybody’s All-American preseason list

* The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder led St. John’s to a Catholic Conference title and Division Super Bowl berth

* Parade All-American had 28 rushing TDs over final two years at St. John’s

* Terrific career as a fullback at Syracuse, becoming last player there to wear fabled No. 44

* Second round draft pick of Miami Dolphins played six years in NFL before injury ended his career

* Great backfield and linebacker combo with Brian Toner 

* Verbally committed to Syracuse before senior year 

* In ‘95 and ‘98 had 7 rushing TDs for 3rd and 5th place, respectively, in Big East 

* Rushed for 1,516 yards (5.1 average) and 20 TDs for Orange in adding to grabbing 41 passes for 473 yards and 3 TDs

* Drafted by Dolphins in 2nd round (43rd overall) in 1999 

* Started 57 of the 82 NFL games he played in  

* Had 38 carries for 114 yards and 1 TD with Dolphins, along with 111 catches for 854 yards and 6 TDs 

* Now makes home in Miami area and is very successful wealth management CEO




* Peabody native was 6-foot-2, 215-pound a two-time Catholic Conference all-star

* Also played quarterback, wide receiver and running back

* Threw 9 TD passes in 2001, then ran for 920 yards on 104 carries the following year (both teams were unbeaten in regular season)

* Earned scholarship to Vanderbilt University and earned degree in mechanical engineering

* Played 46 games for Vandy at middle linebacker (starting 36) with 307 tackles (15 1/2 for loss), 6 1/2 sacks, 3 INT, 3 forced fumbles

* Drafted in fifth round by New York Giants in 2008 and had 107 tackles, two sacks and INT as a starting MLB in 2010

* 2001 team 11-0, ranked No. 16 in country by USA Today

* Capped season with Hail Mary win on Thanksgiving for conference title

* Set Prep track record in discus; also played basketball

* Two-year Commodores captain led team with career-high 113 tackles (61 solo), averaging 9.42 tackles per game, 4th best in SEC 

* 2nd team All SEC in ‘06 and ‘07 

*Suffered torn ACL with the Giants in 2011

* Attempted comeback with Washington Redskins in 2012, but another knee injury ended career   




* Danvers native was a standout on Prep’s 8-0-1 Eastern Mass. and Class B state champions in 1966

* Captained 1967 squad that went 9-0 and again captured Eastern Mass. and Class B. state champ accolades

* Speedy back led state in scoring his senior year (144 points) while rushing for 1,371 yards

* Was the lone Parade All-American from Massachusetts in 1967

* Went on to a fine career at Harvard

* Inducted into the St. John’s Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985

* Was only of only two returning starters (with John Webb) on 1967 team

* Played key role in Eagles’ 7-6 victory over Armand Columbo’s Archbishop Williams squad as a senior

* Superb three-sport athlete

* Scored 48 points for Harvard freshman team 

* In Crimson college career gained 650 yards on 145 carries with 4 TDs  

* Also caught 18 asses for 279 yards and a TD, averaging 15.5 yards a catch while also completing 2 passes for 27 yards

* His 1966 and ‘67 teams honored at 2014 Prep HOF ceremony 


Running back/Defensive back


* Danvers native was All-Catholic League and All-North Shore selection

* Shifty 5-foot-11, 185-back ran away from defenders, while flying to the football on defense

* Became captain at Boston University and was All-America defensive back, grabbing off 9 INTs as a senior

* Went on to play 24 games with the AFL’s San Diego Chargers (1968-69) before injury ended pro career

* Never had losing season as head coach at Williams (1987-2003), going 114-19-3 with 6th best win pct. (.849) among all NCAA coaches

* Had five perfect 8-0-0 seasons with Ephs in 17 seasons and was four-time New England Coach of the Year

* Later returned as Prep assistant football and track coach 

* Started as a halfback at BU, then switched to safety as junior and led BU in 5 INTs 

* Earned Mickey Cochrane Award for BU’s top athlete (’67) and E. Ray Speare Award for top student (’68) 

* Terriers’ MVP, All-New England, All-East College Division All-American 

* Track star did 14 different events at BU

* Starting as assistant football and track coach at Williams in 1971

* Williams teams pitched 25 shutouts while being blanked just five times

* NCAA coaches (.849), 2nd for active coaches when retired

* Was twice NESCAC Coach of Year (first presented in 1999)

* Inducted into College Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006

* Put in All-American Football Foundation as Division 3 Coach of Year in ‘96

* Inducted into St. John’s Prep Hall of Fame in 1986, BU Hall four years before that

* Famous Farleyism: “If you can’t play here you can’t play anywhere – there is no Division 4”

* New Williams turf football field named Farley-Lamb Field   

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