Fun thread. I played in HS; started at RT my senior year; played against two future NFL'ers.
Steve Martin http://www.nfl.com/player/stevemartin/2501891/profile
DL (drafted by Colts, played 10 years for 7 teams). He was like a steamroller with a nitrous-fueled engine in HS. He played at Jefferson City, which was one of those schools that had the same head coach for 40+ years and they were always a threat to win the state championship. In fact, the coach's name was Pete Adkins, his record was 405-60, and he won 8 championships. My junior year we went to Jeff City for the 2nd round of the state playoffs. They killed us. I was 2nd string that year and watching Martin from the sidelines made me fear for our O linemen. He was scary big, scary fast, and just plain scary. Adkins retired two years later, after two undefeated championship seasons.
Isaac Byrd http://www.nfl.com/player/isaacbyrd/2499957/profile
WR (drafted by the Tennessee Oilers, started in SB XXXIV, played 6 seasons) In HS, he played QB like Randall Cunningham and was the Missouri HS player of the year. In the last game I ever played, 1st round of the state playoffs, he single-handedly demolished us. In a torrential downpour, on a field 3 inches deep with mud, he somehow was completely unaffected by the conditions. Everybody else was slogging around, barely able to take a few steps without falling on their asses, and he just sprinted and bounded around that quagmire of a field like he was a gazelle on the high plains. It was impressive... and demoralizing.
I had the privilege of conducting a long phone interview with Dan Devine in 1996. He was Mizzou's HC in the '60s, Notre Dame's in the '70s, and the Packers' HC for 3 years in between. While his NFL tenure wasn't much to write home about, he won a national championship with the Irish. The film "Rudy" had debuted a few years before our talk and he got a bemused chuckle out of being portrayed as "the heavy." He said that the really dramatic moments that involved him, like the players laying their jerseys on his desk, never happened or were imaginatively reworked. He was just a coach doing his job, basically, but the movie needed one last obstacle between Rudy and the playing field, so it made Devine the bad guy. lol
I also worked at the Seattle ad firm that handled the Seahawks account. We did the Eugene Levy devil commercials. I was just a computer monkey doing print layouts, but I got to enjoy many smoke-break discussions on behind-the-scenes Seahawk bidniss.