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G.O.A.T: Who is the top Pennfield football player ever

Pennfield is the last city school to win a state championship in football and the Panthers have had perennial playoff teams for decades in recent years.

But who is the G.O.A.T – The Greatest Of All Time in Pennfield football history?

That’s for us to decide and for you to argue about this week.

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Pennfield helmet

Pennfield helmet

Over the summer, the Enquirer asked for opinions from a panel of former players and coaches from each of the city schools to get nominations for our list of the Top 10 All-Time players for each of the football programs. Based on those comments, the Enquirer picked the 10 best football players in the history of the school and will rank them until we get to No. 1 – naming the Greatest Of All Time.

We will state our case for why each of the players belongs on the list with a short bio and a general thought that is the consensus from the panel. Once we complete the top 10 list, it is then up to the Battle Creek area to vote for their No. 1 player and to find out if they agree.

Voting for the Pennfield G.O.A.T – greatest football player of all time at the school,  starts on www.battlecreekenquirer.com on Friday.

We will reveal two players each day for the Top 10, so return often to see the list grow.

Then, each week, we will do a different city school until we have looked at the top players from each of the programs in Battle Creek.

The Top 10 All-Time Football Players at Pennfield:

Tyler Sifton

Tyler Sifton

No. 10. Tyler Sifton – Class of 2002

Was a key player of the team that started Pennfield on a string of 15 straight playoff seasons. Sifton was on three playoff squads from 1999-2001 and was 26-8 over his career, playing a key role on the offensive line as a blocking tight end. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound three-year starter earned All-State honors in 2001 as the Panthers advanced to the third round of the playoffs, tied for the deepest run a Pennfield team has made in the postseason, excepting for the state title team in 1991.

What the panel said: ‘Not necessarily the biggest or the fastest player to play at Pennfield, but quite possibly one of the toughest.’

Newt Callahan

Newt Callahan

No. 9. Newt Callahan – Class of 1983

A four-year starter at quarterback and defensive back, Callahan was a versatile athlete who helped the Panthers to one of their best seasons ever as the 1982 team went 9-0. Earning All-State honors, Callahan was a Pennfield Athlete of the year his senior season as he earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Callahan would go on to play baseball at Kellogg Community College.

What the panel said: ‘Very athletic and helped Pennfield to a rare unbeaten season.’

Contact Bill Broderick (269) 966-0678 or bbroderi@battlecreekenquirer.com . Follow him on Twitter @billbroderick

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