Da'Shawn Hand (right) of the Woodbridge football team in their scrimmage against DeMatha in Woodbridge, Va. on Saturday, August 10, 2013. (Jeffrey Mankie/for Prince William Today)


Tony Lilly

Woodbridge, 1980

Three-time all-district pick and all-state his senior season … Woodbridge retired his jersey No. 18 … played at Florida, where he was all-SEC his senior season and a second-team pick his sophomore and junior seasons … also a second-team all-American his senior season … third-round pick by Denver in the 1984 NFL Draft … played four seasons with the Broncos and was a member of two Super Bowl teams … currently Hylton High School’s head football coach.

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Jeff Nixon

Gar-Field, 1975

Two-year starter at free safety in high school who recorded 11 interceptions his junior season … was honorable mention all-state and all-Commonwealth District senior season … at Richmond, he was a consensus all-American as a senior and holds the school record for single-season (eight) and career (23) interceptions … a member of Richmond’s Athletic Hall of Fame … fourth-round NFL draft pick by Buffalo in 1979 … played four seasons with the Bills before injuries ended his career early … is the Youth Service Director for the Buffalo Employment and Training Center.

Abdul Kanneh

Potomac, 2008

Two-time all-state selection and regional defensive player of the year his senior season … in two years as a starter he totaled 246 tackles and 12 interceptions … all-American at Division II New Mexico Highlands … currently with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks.

Winston October

Gar-Field, 1994

All-state his senior season … four-year starter at Richmond, where he was either first, second or third-team all-conference each season … was second-team all-American his senior season in college … spent six seasons in the CFL … currently coaches the wide receivers at William & Mary.


Ahmad Brooks

Hylton, 2002

USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year and consensus high-school all-American after totaling 207 tackles and 34 tackles for loss senior season … missed most of his junior year due to a broken foot, but as a sophomore totaled 205 tackles …all-American at the University of Virginia … third-round pick by Cincinnati in the 2006 NFL Supplemental Draft … currently a starting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers.

Elmer Holmes

Osbourn, 1999

One of only two Virginia high school football players to earn all-state honors all four seasons … averaged 18.3 tackles a game in four seasons … in last three prep seasons, totaled 529 tackles and 23 sacks … first freshman in school’s 37-year history to start on Osbourn’s varsity … signed with Marshall University, where he spent a year before playing another year at Montgomery-Rockville Junior College (Md.) … lives in Manassas and owns a landscaping business.

E.J. Levenberry

Hylton, 2013

Two-time all-state selection who was the regional defensive player of the year his junior season … In two years with Bulldogs, he totaled 323 tackles and 57 tackles for loss … currently playing at defending national champion Florida State, where as a true freshman last season he finished ninth on the team with 39 tackles.

Tommy Thigpen

Potomac, 1989

Parade All-American who as a senior totaled 164 tackles and 16 sacks … four-year starter at the University of North Carolina, where he was either first or second-team all-conference his final three seasons … spent one season with the New York Giants after being selected by them in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft … currently coaches the linebackers at the University of Tennessee.


Woody Bergeria

Gar-Field, 1974

Four-year starter at tackle in high school, where he was all-state his senior season … four-year starter at James Madison University … became the school’s first all-American in 1977 and is a member of JMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame … ranks third in JMU’s history with 28 career sacks and fifth with 438 career tackles … lives in Stafford and works for the FBI at the Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Da’Shawn Hand

Woodbridge, 2014

One of the most highly recruited athletes ever in the history of Prince William County … Parade All-American senior season … rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com for the class of 2014 … All-USA Today in 2013 and second-team all-USA Today in 2012 … finished four-year high school career with 56 sacks and 349 tackles … currently a freshman at the University of Alabama

Clint Sintim

Gar-Field, 2004

All-state selection senior season after totaling 55 tackles and three sacks … converted linebacker at U.Va., where he was an all-ACC pick and led the nation in linebacker sacks his senior year … second-round pick by N.Y. Giants in 2009 NFL Draft … spent three seasons with the Giants before retiring because of injuries … currently a graduate assistant for U.Va’s football team.


Case deBruijn

Stonewall Jackson, 1978

All-county or all-district three straight seasons … all-American at Idaho State and member of the school’s Ring of Honor and 1981 national championship team … college number retired … played one season with the Kansas City Chiefs (who selected him in the eighth round of the 1982 NFL Draft) and two seasons in the USFL with the Oklahoma and Arizona Outlaws … lives in Myrtle Beach and works as a regional human resources manager for a Denver-based gold mining company.

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Where is Mickey Mulgrew, pound for pound the greatest D lineman in Gar-Field and Prince Williams history? Tim Flanagan, Gar- Field to The U? Come on Man!

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