Football Factories: The Jackrabbits of Long Beach Poly

With Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz being among the alumni of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, they are known for their production of celebrities. But there is one particular product that places them on a list above all others, and that is NFL talent. The Jackrabbits, a Southern California high school powerhouse, recently won their 17th Southern section title. The players on the roster will eventually filter into college programs, before jumping to the NFL to add to Poly’s claim of the national leader board.

In April, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Cal’s Desean Jackson in the second round of the NFL draft. In doing so, Jackson became the 17th Jackrabbit drafted in the past 20 years, adding to their numbers and legacy, as the top NFL football factory among America’s high schools. In a 20 year period, Poly has produced more NFL talent than any other high school in America. And as a high school, they have also produced more than the division I Duke college football program. With the Eagles, Jackson joins other Poly graduates on the roster, in Winston Justice and Pago Togafau.

A list of notable NFL players from Long Beach Poly would include:

Carl Weathers- Oakland Raiders
Mark Carrier- Chicago Bears
Darnell Bing- NY Jets
Marcedes Lewis- Jacksonville Jaguars
Manuel Wright- NY Giants
Winston Justice- Philadelphia Eagles
Samie Parker- Denver Broncos
Willie McGinest- Cleveland Browns
Omar Stoutmire- NY Giants
Gene Washington- San Francisco 49ers
Tony Hill- Dallas Cowboys
Stephone Paige- Kansas City Chiefs
Leonard Russell- New England Patriots
Marquez Pope- San Francisco 49ers
Larry Croom- Pittsburgh Steelers
Pago Togafau- Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson- Philadelphia Eagles
Hercules Satele- Arizona Cardinals
Don Sasa- San Diego Chargers

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~ by Anthony on July 21, 2008.

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