Danvers may not have as many victories and championships as other North Shore gridiron squads, but they take a back seat to no one when it comes to former players who excelled not only in high school, but in college and the pros. Here are the five greatest Falcon footballers of all time:



Tight End

* Behemoth (6-foot-4, 235-pound) was devastating blocker who manhandled opponents off the line

* Soft hands got him the football; ability to break tackles after the initial hit gave him huge chunks of yardage

* Equally dominant defensive player was two-time Salem News and Northeastern Conference all-star

* One of the most heavily recruited players in North Shore football history

* Went on to All-America career at Notre Dame

* NFL All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion with New York Giants was one of NFL’s best ever at his position




* A physical force in high school who went 6-foot-1 and 216 pounds

* Salem News all-star forced offensive coordinators to change their game plans in an attempt to run away from his area of the field

* Finished his final year of high school with a team-high 107 tackles

* All Northeastern Conference selection as a senior hauled in 31 catches for 313 yards

* Had outstanding college career as a linebacker at Syracuse

* Played for five seasons in the NFL for the Phoenix Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots




* Bruising 200-pounder was as fast as he was powerful

* Set new Danvers High marks with 13 TDs and 80 total points as a junior

* Set new school rushing record with 1,450 yards as a senior

* Led area in scoring with 122 points in his final high school campaign

* Captain of 1969 team that posted Falcons’ best record (8-1) in 28 years and set new DHS mark for total points (269)

* Was a two-sport Division 1 college athlete (football and baseball) at Indiana University


Quarterback/Strong Safety


* Strong runner with a good arm took over starting QB duties midway through sophomore year

* Was Salem News Player of the Week in his second varsity start with 120 yards passing and 2 TDs

* Completed 91-of-147 passes for 1,226 yards and 14 TDs as a junior to go along with 10 conversion passes

* Followed that up by going 81-of-155 for 1,186 yards and 15 TDs as a senior while leading team in rushing (581 yards, 8 TDs)

* Two-time All-Northeastern Conference quarterback threw for over 2,700 yards and 33 TD passes in career

* Outstanding three-sport athlete (football/hockey/baseball) first attended Notre Dame, then transferred to Boston College


Tight End


* Had monster game vs. Marblehead as a junior with 5 catches for 64 yards and 2 TDs to go along with an interception and 7 tackles

* Good hands and smart route runner was also a terrific blocker who could seal the edge

* Had two touchdown catches in his final high school game as Falcons beat arch rival Gloucester on Thanksgiving

* Finished his senior season with 32 grabs for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, as well as three conversion catches

* Fantastic college career at University of Rhode Island saw him set school, Conference, New England and Division 1-AA national marks

* Guided URI to two NCAA playoff appearances while finishing with 3,944 receiving yards (1,200 more than his closest competition)

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