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Palm Beach County area football players who made it to the NFL

On Thanksgiving eve in 1960, when this cartoon ran in The Palm Beach Post, the “spotlight of tradition” shone on the undefeated Seacrest and Lake Worth high school football teams vying for the Suncoast Conference championship, “old-timer Palm Beach facing newcomer Forest Hill” for the West Palm Beach championship, and Pahokee meeting Belle Glade in “another one of those traditional games in which anything can happen.”

High school football is still king in Palm Beach County, and with the 2010 season beginning, we’re bringing back our list of local football players who made the pros. For the definitive roster of every local player currently playing at the next level — college or pro — check out this list on The High School Buzz blog at The Palm Beach Post’s PBGametime.

This list is a work in progress, and we welcome your input in expanding it. Please use the form or comments below to let us know about other local football players who have made the big time. We appreciate your contributions!

The list is sorted by school, then by player’s last name.

Sources: Palm Beach Post archives, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Last updated February 2013.

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Posted in Archives and Flashback blog January 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm.


22 Replies

  1. What happen to Clarence Anthony,a teammate of Fred Taylor at Glades Central and UF. Was drafted by Tampa Bay.

  2. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Feb 2nd 2010

    I believe that would be Reidel Clarence Anthony. He was on the list as Reidel Anthony, but I just added his middle name and his graduation year (1994) to the list. Thanks!

  3. Gary Wilkins from Twin Lakes High School played with the Atlanta Falcons

  4. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Feb 2nd 2010

    I added Gary Wilkins to the list. Thanks!

  5. coach manuel Feb 2nd 2010

    Here is some player not on list: Kevin Bouie, Eagles, Andre Waters, Eagles, Kenny Berry, Chargers, Eric Moore, Rams, Eric Green, Cardinals, Denarious Pete, Dolphins, Kendrick Pete, Browns, Jarathon Johnson, Dolphins, Alphonso Smith, Broncos, Walter Johnson, Cowboys, Michael Johnson, Cardinals, Maceo Green, Steelers

  6. Lot more players not on the list, research a little harder!

  7. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Feb 2nd 2010

    Thanks Coach Manuel. We’re working on it. I’m adding the names you mentioned right now, and we’ll keep looking for more.

  8. Blackman Sep 11th 2010

    I think Preston Parker from Atlantic is currently with the Tampa Bay Bucs as a rookie. Please verify before you post. Thanks.

  9. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Sep 13th 2010

    Preston Parker is indeed on the Buccaneers’ roster. I added him to the list. Thanks!

  10. SUB BOYZ Oct 4th 2010


  11. William LeFils Oct 26th 2010

    I know one form Belle Glade High School class of 1961 Marvin Daniel ( Butch) Davis with the Denver .

  12. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Oct 27th 2010

    I added Marvin Daniel to the list. I can’t find verification on Larry Grant though, maybe because there’s that other Larry Grant from Ohio State who’s with the Rams. If you give me some more information on the Larry Grant from Glades Central I’ll add him to the list.

  13. Quinn Howard Jan 2nd 2011

    How could you not mention the (Leaper) Lamar Parrish?

  14. Quinn Howard Jan 2nd 2011

    Sorry,but it’s Lemar not Lamar.

  15. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Jan 3rd 2011

    Lemar Parrish is on the list. He attended J. F. Kennedy High School in Riviera Beach, and he was one of the 15 area players made the Florida High School Athletic Association’s list of the 100 greatest football players in Florida history, as mentioned here:

    Thanks for reading HistoricPalmBeach.com.

    Michelle Quigley
    News Researcher
    The Palm Beach Post | HistoricPalmBeach.com

  16. Quinn Howard Jan 14th 2011

    I stand corrected

  17. Tony Patrick Apr 22nd 2011

    I don’t see anyone from the original Roosevelt High School mentioned on any listing from the Palm Beach County area. I don’t know if any ever made it to the NFL but they should be mentioned as outstanding athletes of the Palm Beaches of all time. Would you review the stats for Otis Anderson’s brother, Marvin (Smokey) Anderson a running back for the Roosevelt Devils back in the late 60s. He was one of the greatest backs during that period to attend Roosevelt. He died tragically in an swimming accident while attending college in either Arkansas or Louisiana.

  18. Gerald Williams Oct 21st 2011

    Just wanted to say “GREAT JOB” and please keep it coming so my boyz from Cali can shut up!

  19. Great list! But even though I am a die heart Raider, I love my muck boys so what happened to that Gator great Ja. Jenkins #1 from Pahokee? Correction Claude Harriot Glades Central c/o 99 played for the NY Giants & S. Holmes is c/o 02. I think these schools should be a little more proud of their former students like Forest Hill is with Robbie Thompson. So GREAT JOB OF BEING PROUD OF YOUR CITIZENS P.B.P. THAT’S WHY I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOUR PAPER #1!

  20. GC Fan Aug 15th 2013

    You misspelled the name of one of the best LB’s this county has ever seen. It’s RUTLEDGE not Rudledge!!!

  21. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Aug 19th 2013

    GC Fan,

    I’m not sure how we let that misspelling get through, but I just fixed it. Thank you.

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