Winning a Super Bowl or being named a Pro Bowler? No, that isn't enough to earn Eagle-Tribune Football Player of the Decade honors.
Neither is being a college All-American or winning a high school championship or two or three.
Getting wooed by big-time colleges? That isn't necessarily enough either.
Setting all-time area marks? Sorry.
What North Andover's Andrew Foote (offense) and Central Catholic's Andrew Regan (defense) did was dominate on local gridirons nearly every fall weekend for three straight years.
Foote is the most prolific running back in area history and Regan was a two-way menace in the trenches, the sole three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star lineman in the 40-year history of our all-star teams.
Zak DeOssie, Phillips Academy
The two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star from North Andover threw for 2,953 yards and 26 TDs his final two seasons. Three-sport star was Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year as a senior. "He has a cannon arm and a quick release. He can go up top with anybody," said Big Blue coach Leon Modeste. DeOssie was an All-American linebacker at Brown and is in his fourth year as long snapper/reserve linebacker with the New York Giants. He has won a Super Bowl and has been named to a Pro Bowl.
Tommy Beaton, Pentucket
Led the Sachems to a 25-7 record as a three-year starter. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star and named Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year as a senior three-sport star. Despite playing in Wing-T offense, threw for 1,991 yards and 23 TDs and also scored 19 TDs. Had record-setting baseball career at Bates, where he also earned all-conference honors in football.
Mike Pierce, Andover
Followed up terrific junior season (1,304 yards, 13 TD passes) with historic senior campaign (2,179 yards, 20 TD passes). Kicked seven field goals as a senior. Powerful 203-pounder with surprising speed. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Threw for 2,629 yards and 21 TDs as St. Anselm's last fall.