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USA TODAY High School Sports Unveils 30th Anniversary American Family Insurance All-USA Football Team

January 15, 2013

NFL Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (Escambia HS, Pensacola, FL), Thurman Thomas (Willowridge HS, Houston, TX) and Rod Woodson (R. Nelson Snider HS, Fort Wayne, IN) lead list of 24 top players in 30-year history of most prestigious honor in high school sports

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Collectively, they’ve combined for more than 100 NFL Pro Bowl selections, nine Super Bowl rings and three enshrinements in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Before any of those honors, however, they were first selected to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Football team, which this year celebrates its 30(th) anniversary as the most prestigious honor in high school football. To commemorate that milestone, USA TODAY High School Sports–the nation’s leading source for high school sports news and information–today unveiled its 30(th) anniversary American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team, highlighting the top 24 players selected to the ALL-USA team since its inception in 1982.

The American Family Insurance ALL-USA 30(th) Anniversary Team is featured in today’s print edition of USA TODAY Sports, and is also available online at www.usatodayhss.com.

Leading the list are three former ALL-USA selections that have since gone on to enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame–running backs Emmitt Smith (Escambia HS, Pensacola, Fla., 1986) and Thurman Thomas (Willowridge HS, Houston, Texas, 1983) and defensive back Rod Woodson (R. Nelson Snider HS, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1982).

Smith went on to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, winning three Super Bowls during his 15-year career. Thomas, the only player ever to lead the NFL in yards from scrimmage for four straight seasons, led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls and earned the NFL’s MVP award in 1991.Woodson played 15 seasons, setting the NFL record for interceptions returned for a touchdown (12) and helping to lead the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl win in 2000.

They are joined by 21 other standouts who parlayed their high school success into successful collegiate and professional careers, including nine players still currently active in the NFL–RB Adrian Peterson (Palestine HS, Texas, 2003); OL Leonard Davis (Wortham HS, Texas, 1996); TE Aaron Hernandez (Central HS, Bristol, Conn., 2006); WR Randy Moss (DuPont HS, Belle, W. Va., 1994); WR A.J. Green (Summerville HS, S.C., 2006); K Sebastian Janikowski (Seabreeze HS, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1996); DL Haloti Ngata (Highland HS, Salt Lake City, 2001); LB LaMarr Woodley (Sagniaw HS, Michigan, 2002); and DB Antonio Cromartie (Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla., 2002).

Following is the complete listing of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA 30(th) Anniversary Team, as determined by USA TODAY High School Sports. For more information on the 30(th) Anniversary ALL-USA Team, visit www.usatodayhss.com.

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American Family Insurance ALL-USA 30(th) Anniversary High School Football Team

All-USA 30(th) Anniversary Offense

                         School                              Position Class
    Jeff George          Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) QB             1985
    Emmitt Smith         Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)          RB             1986
    Thurman Thomas       Willowridge (Houston)               RB             1983
    Adrian Peterson      Palestine (Texas)                   RB             2003
    Mark Stepnoski       Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.)          OL             1984
    Willie Anderson      Vigor (Prichard, Ala.)              OL             1992
    Orlando Pace         Sandusky (Ohio)                     OL             1993
    Leonard Davis        Wortham (Texas)                     OL             1996
    Aaron Hernandez      Central (Bristol, Conn.)            TE             2006
    Randy Moss           DuPont (Belle, W. Va.)              WR             1994
    A.J. Green           Summerville (S.C.)                  WR             2006
    Sebastian Janikowski Seabreeze (Daytona Beach, Fla.)     K              1996

All-USA 30(th) Anniversary Defense

    Player            School                       Position HS Class
    Tommie Harris     Ellison (Killeen, Texas)     DL                2000
    Haloti Ngata      Highland (Salt Lake City)    DL                2001
    Sam Adams         Cypress Creek (Houston)      DL                1990
    LaMarr Woodley    Saginaw (Mich.)              LB                2002
    Derrick Brooks    Washington (Pensacola, Fla.) LB                1990
    Jessie Armstead   Carter (Dallas)              LB                1988
    Chris Spielman    Washington (Massillon, Ohio) LB                1983
    Rod Woodson       Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.)    DB                1982
    Mark Carrier      Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)    DB                1985
    Charles Woodson   Ross (Fremont, Ohio)         DB                1994
    Antonio Cromartie Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.)  DB                2002
    Craig Hentrich    Marquette (Alton, Ill.)      P                 1988

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