The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Battle Creek Central.
We will be revealing players on the list all week until we reach No. 1 – the G.O.A.T – the Greatest Of All Time for Battle Creek Central football. So return often to see the list grow.
Reminder, that once we complete the top 10 list, it will then be up to the Battle Creek area to vote for their No. 1 player and to find out if they agree with us.
Voting for the Battle Creek Central G.O.A.T – greatest football player of all time at the school, starts on Friday at http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com
Then, each week, we will do a different city school until we have looked at the top players from each of the program in Battle Creek.
The Top 10 All-Time Football Players at Battle Creek Central:
No. 4: Tom Beard – Class of 1967
Along with his classmate Tony McGee in high school on a loaded Battle Creek Central team, Tom Beard is one of the few Bearcats to make it to the NFL. Beard eventually became a starter for the Buffalo Bills as the huge 6-foot-6 offensive lineman was a dominating presence due to his size in that era. Beard was named to three high school All-American teams despite fighting injuries during the Bearcats’ 1966 mythical state championship season. Beard went on to start at center at Michigan State University during an era when the Spartans were among the elite in college football. Beard played in the annual Senior Bowl following his senior year and the Blue-Gray Game.
What the panel said, ‘A dominant big man on some of BCC’s all-time best teams.’
No. 3: Robbie Crockett – Class of 1997
Robbie Crockett was a key member of a Battle Creek Central team that brought back some success to the Bearcat program after several years of coming up short, leading BCC to the playoffs in 1996 for the first time in nearly 20 years. Crockett was a two-time All-State running back who was big and fast and dominated most games he played in, putting him near the top of many Bearcat rushing records. When he graduated, Crockett was the career rushing leader with 3,265 yards and set single season records in scoring and yards and also held the top mark for a single game with 274. Crockett was one of the top prospects in the Midwest and went on to play four years at the University of Iowa.
What the panel said, ‘He had a tremendous running style that allowed him to run over defenses and to run past them.’
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