All Decade Team

24-7 takes a shot at an all 90's team.

All-Decade Team (90's)


Hard to imagine, but the players who were awarded with all state recognition in 1990 played high school football 15 years ago.  Since most seniors graduate at the age of 18 factor in the 15 years past and most of these guys are at least 32 or 33 years old by now.  The decade of the 90's featured some really great Arizona high school players that went on to star at the collegiate level and for some in the NFL.  We tried to put together an all 90's team just for the sake of conversation and also to remember some of these great players from the Grand Canyon State.  This is part one of our story, part one features the offensive side of the ball.


QB – Ryan Kealy – St. Mary's (95)

Ryan's name to this day is still all over the Arizona record books.  Kealy led the Knights to a state championship and undefeated season.  He than went on to Arizona State it looked as though he would get a shot in the NFL but several injuries slowed him down a bit, but he still was very productive for the Sun Devils.

Honorable Mention: Mikel Moreno(Mesa), Todd Mortenson(Tempe), John Rattey(Desert Vista), John Beck(Mt. View), Jonathan Beasley(Cactus), Mark Brooks(Greenway)


RB – Mike Mitchell – Brophy (91)

Once again if you happen to take a glance at the Arizona record books you will find one name written all over it.  Mitchell was a two time all Arizona player who than went on to a good career at Stanford. 


RB – Mike Brown – Saguaro (95)

Brown was truly a man among boys in high school.  He was selected his senior year as both the offensive and defensive player of the year for the state of Arizona.  He went on to be a three year starter at Nebraska and still ranks high on the all time tackles list.  Brown was also a 2nd round draft pick of the Chicago Bears.

Honorable Mention: Mario Bates(Amphi), Kevin Schmidtke(Marana), Darnell Autry(Tempe), Terrell Suggs(Hamilton), Tavon Cooper(Peoria), Keith Brown(Mt. Pointe), Robert Holcombe(Mesa), Mike Mantle(Coronado), Moses Love(Mohave), Nathan Wize(Sabino)


WR – Jason Birdsong – Cactus (90)

Birdsong was Chris McGaha before Chris McGaha.  He could do it all from the wide out spot; catch the deep ball, go over the middle, take a short pass the distance and he routinely made difficult catches look easy. 


WR – Damien Segovia – Greenway (95)

Like Birdsong Damien could do it all.  Damien really had the abilities to stretch the field with his great speed.  He had a tremendous stride that just seemed to eat up the cushion given to him.  He teamed with Mark Brooks to form one of the best WR/QB combos in state history.

Honorable Mention: Carlos Artis(Washington), Kenny Cheatham(South Mountain), Craig Brown(Westview), Kenny Mitchell(Peoria), Tariq McDonald(St. Mary's), Brian Poli-Dixon(Sabino), Justin Taplin(Tempe), Shaun McDonald(Shadow Mt.) Sammy Moore(Westwood)


TE – Todd Heap – Mt View (97)

Heap led the Toros to a championship and was considered by some publications as the top tight end in the country coming out of high school.  Heap burst on the collegiate level as well staring as a freshman for the Sun Devils(remember that catch in the end zone!).  Heap has since went on to success with the Baltimore Ravens and is always mentioned as one of the best tightends in the NFL.

Honorable Mention: Steve Bush(Paradise Valley), Bristol Olomua(Red Mt)


OL – Shawn Swayda – Brophy (91)

Swayda went on to have success on the defensive side of the ball while at Arizona State.  One of the starting tackles on the 97 Rose Bowl team.  Shawn had a brief stint in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.


OL – John Tait – McClintock (92)

Tait was considered by many publications as one of best line prospects in the nation coming out of high school.  Tait went on to star at BYU before being a 1st round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Tait is currently playing for the Bears.


OL – Marquis Muldrow – Maryvale (96)

Muldrow was a two time all Arizona selection for the Panthers.  Marquis also won the shot put while in high school.  After a two year run at Glendale Community College, Marquis went on to start for two seasons at Arizona State.  Had a brief NFL stint with the Jaguars.


OL – Mike Saffer – Sabino (96)

Saffer was the anchor of a very good Sabino team in the mid 90's.  Saffer then went on to star for the Bruins at UCLA.  Played in a couple of Rose Bowls with the Bruins.


OL – Levi Jones – Eloy (95)

Jones was an unknown coming out of high school.  In fact he walked on at Arizona St. and quickly earned a scholarship.  Jones was a fixture on the Devils line in the late 90's.  He was selected 10th overall by the Bengals and is regarded as one of the best young left tackles in the NFL.

Honorable Mention: David Carter(Flagstaff), Damien Niko(Mt. View), Alan Parker (Agua Fria), Nick Johnson(Mingus), Brian Googins(Desert Vista), Mike Kalin(Peoria)


Athlete – Bobby Wade – Desert Vista (97)

Wade lined up all over the field for the Thunder leading the team to a championship.  Sometimes tailback sometimes wide out, Wade was also a great return man and a heck of a safety.  Wade ended being a wide out in college at the U of A and has been playing in the NFL with the Chicago Bears the last two seasons. 


There you have it, our all 90's offensive team.  Let's hear it, we know people will talk about this maybe even say we're idiots (won't be the 1st time)!  We know you can make a case for any of these guys being on the team and not in the honorable mention category.  Either way let us know what you think.  Look for the defensive side of the ball in the next couple of days.

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