Caliifornians in the 2003 Super Bowl

Two of the 10 players from this year's Super Bowl who are from California high schools are both named Johnson and both play for Tampa Bay. Three of the 10 also are from San Diego so they're playing on familiar turf.

Kenyon Coleman (Alta Loma): The Raider DT is a developing player out of UCLA.

DeLawrence Grant (Centennial, Compton): The Raider DE wasn't known as a prep. He gained fame by starring at El Camino College and then Oregon State.

Keyshawn Johnson (Dorsey, Los Angeles): We've known the Bucs' WR since he was about 15, always calling and wondering about all-star games he might get picked to and seeking all info that might make him a better player.

Rob Johnson (El Toro): We interviewed the Bucs' backup QB for the first time when he was a 14 year-old freshman. We also work closely with Rob's father, Bob, the current Mission Viejo head coach, on our Student Sports Inc. Nike Camp tour and Student Sports Inc. Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

Lincoln Kennedy (Morse, San Diego): One of three San Diegans in the San Diego Super Bowl, the Raider OT was dominant for the Tigers as well. He was named to the 1987 all-state team. There's talk that Lincoln may retire after this season, especially if the Raiders win. His former prep coach, John Shacklett, just retired, too.

John Lynch (Torrey Pines, San Diego): Hard-hitting DB for the Bucs' went to college at Stanford and has always been known for his aggressive play.

Michael Pittman (Mira Mesa, San Diego): Michael went to Fresno State after rushing for a bunch of yards for the Marauders. Not a prep superstar, but very good and one of those guys who gets better every year.

Regan Upshaw (Pittsburg): The Raider DE was a junior at Pitt in 1991 when the Pirates knocked off De La Salle and ended the Spartans' 34-game winning streak. De La Salle hasn't lost since and the current win streak is up to 138.

Langston Walker (Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland): We remember Langston coming to one of our old Reebok combines (same one that Oak Grove's Andre Carter turned so many heads) and making a name for himself due to his size and agility. He's now one of the biggest players in the NFL.

Marcus Williams TE (Berkeley): Marcus was another one of those good players the Yellowjackets had in the early 1990s when they were coached by Mike Tuiasosopo.

Note: Florida was the state this year with the most Super Bowl alums with 15. California's total of 10 ranks third behind Texas, which has 11.


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