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Tom Brady, Marcus Allen, John Elway among California's Top 100 Hall of Fame class

The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation announces its top 100 football players and 13 coaches over the last 100 years, including six from Long Beach Poly and four via De La Salle.

In many ways, what could be more fun than this? Reliving the glory days of The Golden State's greatest football players. 

Then again, selecting the 100 greatest high school football phenoms over the last 100 years carries a burden. Certainly, a great many debates. 

Over the last year, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and a panel of 26 diligently created a ballot of 150 players and 40 coaches to consider. 

On Monday, the organization announced its inaugural class for the California High School Football Hall of Fame. 

And what a class it is. It's nothing but class — a who's who of many of the sport's all-time greats. They all just happened to have played high school football in California.

Among the many notables players are NFL Hall of Famers Marcus Allen, Anthony Munoz, John Elway, Ronnie Lott, Frank Gifford, Jim Plunkett, John Brodie, Dan Fouts and Warren Moon. That's just.a small sample size.

Among the current and more recent stars are Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Smith, Junior Seau and Richard Sherman. 

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are inaugural inductees into the California High School Football Hall of Fame at The Rose Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are among the 100 inaugural inductees of the the California High School Football Hall of Fame at the Rose Bowl.

Among the coaches, legends such as Bob Ladouceur, Marijon Ancich (St. Paul), and Kevin Rooney were selected. 

A shrine to the HOF will be released at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in late November during the week of the CIF‐Southern Section Division I championship game. 

That game is scheduled for Nov. 25 at the Rose Bowl — tabbed America's Stadium — and it will be the first time since 1944 that a high school game is played there.  

The 100 selected from the first class is aligned with the Rose Bowl Stadium's 100th year.  Future classes will be selected every other year and of smaller size, according to press release. 

“The CIF is privileged to participate in the selection process for the California High School Football Hall of Fame,” said CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti. “We thank the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, and the National Football Foundation for honoring the long and storied history of high school football in California and look forward to the induction of its inaugural class.” 

Said Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod: “The CIF Southern Section is truly grateful to be a partner in establishing the California High School Football Hall of Fame. In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Rose Bowl, there is no better time to celebrate the football excellence that our state represents than now."

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A California High School Football Hall of Fame website is currently in development, according to the release. It will  allow the public to nominate players and coaches for consideration. 

The website is expected to be ready in November. 

The list of names is staggering and includes: 

  • MLB Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson
  • Long Beach Poly leads all schools with six players: Mark Carrier, Morley Drury, DeSean Jackson, Marcedes Lewis, Willie McGinest and Gene Washington. 
  • Three players and one coach from De La Salle: Maurice Jones-Drew, Amani Toomer, D.J.. Williams, Ladouceur. 
  • Three players from Mater Dei-Santa Ana: Matt Barkley, John Huarte, Matt Leinart.
  • Two brothers: Sam and Randall Cunningham (Santa Barbara)
  • A kicker: Luis Zendejas (Don Lugo)

The complete list (alphabetically): 

THE 100 PLAYERS (HIGH SCHOOLS ATTENDED)

  • Frankie Albert (Glendale)
  • Marcus Allen (Lincoln-San Diego)
  • Jon Arnett (Manual Arts)
  • Matt Barkley (Mater Dei)
  • Steve Bartkowski (Buchser-Santa Clara)
  • Dick Bass (Vallejo)
  • Gary Beban (Sequoia-Redwood City)
  • Hal Bedsole (Reseda)
  • Ricky Bell (Fremont-Los Angeles)
  • Tom Brady (Serra-San Mateo)
  • John Brodie (Oakland Tech)
  • Tedy Bruschi (Roseville)
  • Reggie Bush (Helix)
  • Mark Carrier (Long Beach Poly)
  • Chris Claiborne (J.W. North-Riverside)
  • Randy Cross (Crespi)
  • Randall Cunningham (Santa Barbara)
  • Sam Cunningham (Santa Barbara)
  • Anthony Davis (San Fernando)
  • Glenn Davis (Bonita)
  • Jack Del Rio (Hayward)
  • Morley Drury (Long Beach Poly)
  • Henry Ellard (Hoover-Fresno)
  • John Elway (Granada Hills)
  • Nello “Flash” Falaschi (Bellarmine)
  • Tom Fears (Manual Arts)
  • Vince Ferragamo (Banning)
  • Kai Forbath (Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks)
  • DeShaun Foster (Tustin)
  • Dan Fouts (St. Ignatius)
  • Mike Garrett (Roosevelt-Los Angeles)
  • Toby Gerhart (Norco)
  • Frank Gifford (Bakersfield)
  • Tony Gonzalez (Huntington Beach)
  • Pat Haden (Bishop Amat)
  • Michael Haynes (John Marshall)
  • John Huarte (Mater Dei)
  • DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly)
  • Jimmy Johnson (Kingsburg)
  • John Henry Johnson (Pittsburg)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew (De La Salle)
  • Napoleon Kaufman (Lompoc)
  • Lincoln Kennedy (Morse)
  • Billy Kilmer (Citrus)
  • Eddie LeBaron (Oakdale)
  • Matt Leinart (Mater Dei)
  • Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach Poly)
  • James Lofton (Washington-Los Angeles)
  • Ronnie Lott (Eisenhower)
  • John Lynch (Torrey Pines)
  • Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Tech)
  • Gino Marchetti (Antioch)
  • Ollie Matson (Washington-San Francisco)
  • Bruce Matthews (Arcadia)
  • Bill McColl (Hoover)
  • Tim McDonald (Edison-Fresno)
  • Hugh McElhenny (Washington-Los Angeles)
  • Willie McGinest (Long Beach Poly)
  • John McKay Jr. (Bishop Amat)
  • Mike McKeever (Mount Carmel-Los Angeles)
  • Freeman McNeil (Banning)
  • Ron Mix (Hawthorne)
  • Warren Moon (Hamilton-Los Angeles)
  • Don Mosebar (Mt. Whitney-Visalia)
  • Harold “Brick” Muller (Oakland Tech)
  • Anthony Munoz (Chaffey)
  • Ernie Nevers (Santa Rosa)
  • Ken O’Brien (Jesuit-Carmichael)
  • Carson Palmer (Santa Margarita)
  • Joe Perry (Jordan-Los Angeles)
  • Jim Plunkett (James Lick)
  • Les Richter (Fresno)
  • Ron Rivera (Seaside)
  • Jackie Robinson (John Muir)
  • Jerry Robinson (Cardinal Newman)
  • Aaron Rodgers (Pleasant Valley)
  • Rashaan Salaam (La Jolla Country Day)
  • John Sciarra (Bishop Amat)
  • Junior Seau (Oceanside)
  • Richard Sherman (Dominguez)
  • Jeff Siemon (Bakersfield)
  • Alex Smith (Helix)
  • Dennis Smith (Santa Monica)
  • Bob St. Clair (Poly-San Francisco)
  • Lynn Swann (Serra-San Mateo)
  • Amani Toomer (De La Salle)
  • Gino Torretta (Pinole Valley)
  • Norm Van Brocklin (Acalanes)
  • Gene Washington (Long Beach Poly)
  • Kenny Washington (Lincoln-Los Angeles)
  • Bob Waterfield (Van Nuys)
  • Charles White (San Fernando)
  • Russell White (Crespi)
  • Ricky Williams (Patrick Henry)
  • D.J. Williams (De La Salle)
  • Roy Williams (James Logan)
  • Ron Yary (Bellflower)
  • Charles Young (Edison)
  • Luis Zendejas (Don Lugo)
  • Gary Zimmerman (Walnut)

THE 13 COACHES

  • Bob Ladouceur (De La Salle)
  • Marijon Ancich (St. Paul)
  • Kevin Rooney (Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks)
  • Gene Vollnogle (Banning)
  • Bob Johnson (Mission Viejo)
  • Herb Meyer (El Camino)
  • John Barnes (Los Alamitos)
  • Dwight “Goldie” Griffith (Bakersfield)
  • Harry Welch (Canyon)
  • Dick Bruich (Fontana)
  • Bill Redell (Crespi, St. Francis, Oaks Christian)
  • Lou Farrar (Charter Oak, Covina)
  • Mike Herrington (Hart, Bellflower)