Mr. Football USA also known as ESPN RISE National Player of the Year, formerly EA Sports Mr. Football USA, is an award presented to the United States high school football National Player of the year by ESPN HS. In 2013, the award was given by the StudentSports.com.
|Mr. Football USA|
|Awarded for||High school football's top athlete|
|Presented by||ESPN HS|
|Currently held by||Will Grier|
William P. Fralic Jr. ( FRAY-lik) (October 31, 1962 – December 13, 2018) was a professional American football offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) from 1985 to 1993. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh.Carl Pickens
Carl McNally Pickens (born March 23, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.Chris Redman
Chris James Redman (born July 7, 1977) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft and was part of their Super Bowl XXXV championship team against the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Louisville. He also had brief stints with the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League, and a 5-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons.D. J. Williams (linebacker)
Genos Derwin "D. J." Williams, Jr. (born July 20, 1982) is a former American football linebacker who played 11 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Chicago Bears.Darren Evans
Darren Evans (born November 9, 1988) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Virginia Tech.Dave Logan (American football)
David Russell Logan (born February 2, 1954) is a former American football player, radio personality, and high school coach. Logan played in nine National Football League seasons from 1976 to 1984, primarily for the Cleveland Browns. He has been the Voice of Denver Broncos football for 20 years, serving as the team's color analyst for six seasons prior to sliding into the play-by-play role. He has been a major voice on 850 KOA radio in Denver for nearly 30 years, and in 2016 was the key on-air figure when iHeartMedia launched the radio station "Denver Sports 760".
As of 2016, Logan had coached more than 23 seasons of high school football, making 21 post season appearances, and winning seven state championships. Logan is one of only three players, along with Dave Winfield and Mickey McCarty, to be drafted by the NBA, NFL, and MLB.Dillon Baxter
Dillon Baxter (born October 23, 1991) is an American football running back and wide receiver who is currently a free agent.Earl Campbell
Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Known for his aggressive, punishing running style and ability to break tackles, Campbell gained recognition as one of the best power running backs in NFL history.
He played college football for the University of Texas, where he won the Heisman Trophy and earned unanimous All-America honors in his senior season, as well as numerous other accolades. He was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 1978 and had an immediate impact in the league, earning NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Earl Campbell was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in each of his first three seasons, during which he averaged nearly 1,700 rushing yards per season. He won the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1979 after leading the league in rushing yards and touchdowns.
With head coach Bum Phillips, Campbell's emergence in Houston coincided with the Luv Ya Blue era, a period of sustained success in which the Oilers made three straight playoff appearances. Campbell became the centerpiece of Houston's offense during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was traded to the Saints six games into the 1984 season, where he spent his final season and a half before retiring. Campbell was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (1990) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991). His jersey number is retired by the University of Texas and the Tennessee Titans.Freeman McNeil
Freeman McNeil (born April 22, 1959) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New York Jets in the first round as the third overall pick of the 1981 NFL Draft.
After leading Banning High School to the Los Angeles City football title, the 5'11", 214 lbs. running back attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a two-time all-Pacific-10 Conference selection. In his final game, he caught a deflected pass from quarterback Jay Schroeder that was tipped by USC defensive back Jeff Fisher and went 57 yards for the winning touchdown with two minutes left in the Bruins' 20–17 win.
McNeil played in 12 NFL seasons for the Jets from 1981 to 1992. During the mid to late 1980s he was a member of the Jets' "Two Headed Monster" backfield along with teammate Johnny Hector, a tandem that ranked among the league's elite. When he retired he was the Jets all-time leading rusher with 8,074 yards; he was surpassed by Curtis Martin and currently ranks second in Jets team history. In 1982, McNeil led the NFL in rushing with 786 yards. He was the first Jet to the lead the league in rushing. He is one of a few running backs in NFL history to average 4.0 yards per carry in every season he played.
From 1990 to 1992 McNeil was the lead plaintiff in a case won by jury verdict that struck down the NFL's Plan B free agency system, under which teams could protect 37 players. McNeil and the seven other plaintiffs were among the protected players listed by their teams. The system was deemed too restrictive and a violation of antitrust laws. However, Freeman was not one of the four plaintiffs awarded damages. The suit is considered a major step in the achievement of free agency rights by the NFL Players Association.In 2005, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.Garrett Gilbert
Garrett Antone Gilbert (born July 1, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Regarded as one of the best high school quarterbacks of his class, he played college football at Texas and SMU and was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert.
Gilbert initially saw little playing time as a professional and was primarily assigned to the offseason and practice squads of his teams during his first five seasons in the NFL. He came to prominence as the starting quarterback of the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2019 where he led the league in yards and passer rating and helped his team obtain a league-best 7-1 record and playoff berth. After the AAF suspended operations before the scheduled conclusion of the season, Gilbert signed with the Browns.Jacory Harris
Jacory Sherrod Harris (born May 12, 1990) is a Canadian football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Harris started for Miami Northwestern High School during his last two years; he was unbeaten (30-0) and led the team to two state championships. In his senior year, Harris broke the state record for passing touchdowns and won the 2007 High School Football National Championship. He was named Florida's Mr. Football. During his freshman year of college in 2008 with the Miami Hurricanes, he split time with Robert Marve in a two-quarterback system. After the Emerald Bowl in late December, Marve transferred to Purdue, effectively making Harris the undisputed starter for the rest of his career as a Hurricane. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in May 2012.James Allen (running back)
James Allen (born March 28, 1975) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played college football for Oklahoma.Jeff Byers
Jeff Byers (born September 7, 1985) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League. He played his college football for the University of Southern California.Johnathan Gray
Johnathan Gray (born April 22, 1993) is an American football running back. He played college football for the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. Gray earned a 2011 USA Today High School All-American nomination, and was also named Gatorade National Player of the Year. After becoming the first junior to win ESPN HS's Mr. Football USA, he became the first two-time winner of the award following the 2011 high school football season.Gray chose the University of Texas over Arkansas, Auburn, TCU, and Texas A&M.Mr. Football Award (Florida)
The Florida Mr. Football Award is an honor given to the top high school football player in the state of Florida. Awarded by Dairy Farmers, Inc. and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, many past winners have proceeded to have successful college careers and play in the National Football League.Robert Smith (running back)
Robert Scott Smith (born March 4, 1972) is a college football analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. He was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and played collegiately at Ohio State University.Stephen Davis (American football)
Stephen Lamont Davis (born March 1, 1974) is a former American football running back who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).Terry Kirby
Terry Gayle Kirby (born January 20, 1970) is a former professional American football player who played ten seasons in the NFL from 1993 to 2002. A 6'1" running back from the University of Virginia, he is the brother of baseball player Wayne Kirby. Co Owner of Ultimate Sports Institute in Weston, Florida and now is a coach for the Weston Warriors.Will Grier
Will Grier (born April 3, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played for the West Virginia Mountaineers and Florida Gators.
High School Mr. Football Awards by state
See also: Mr. Football USA
Mr. Football USA winners
High school football awards
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