We came up with our list of the Top 10 Football Players ever at St. Philip and then we named the G.O.A.T – the Greatest Of All Time.
Then we asked you for your opinion in our Battle Creek Enquirer poll.
And after nearly 7,000 votes, you have given us your answer.
According the readers of the Enquirer, the Greatest Of All Time in high school football at St. Philip is Mike Leifeld.
Leifeld had 2,476 votes for No. 1 in our poll to take the top spot.
Second on the list was Ralph Skinner at 1,620 with Brayden Darr third at 1,081.
During his era at St. Philip, Leifeld played in a wide-open, pass-happy offense that was perfectly suited for his skills. Leifeld took advantage of that as he set school records and climbed the state rankings in receptions as he helped St. Philip get to the second round in the playoffs his senior year. Leifeld set the school and city record for catches in a year at 52 and in a career with 141, which was also fifth all-time in the state at the time. He also had the school record for most yards receiving at the time with 1,846. Earning All-State honors and being named Enquirer Athlete of the Year, Leifeld went on to have a successful two-sport career at Kalamazoo College in football and baseball.
The popular vote didn’t exactly agree with our list here at the Enquirer as we picked former Notre Dame player Louis Loncaric from the Class of 1953 as our No. 1 selection.
Leifeld, from the Class of 2003, came in at No. 5 on our list.
The Enquirer will continue to look at the Top 10 Players of All Time at each of the city schools in the coming weeks.
This week we are counting down until we get to the G.O.A.T. in Pennfield football.
Return daily to see who we think are the top 10 players ever at Pennfield and then high school football fans will get to vote once again to tell us what you think.
Contact Bill Broderick (269) 966-0678 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter @billbroderick