Mark Moore, Stonewall Jackson, 1986: He played 15 years after McCartney but had a similar career. Moore was a dominant player for Moe Towson and the Generals. After high school, he also went on to play for Tennessee.
Joe Pendry, Oceana, 1965: Pendry was one of the best multi-sport athletes in state history and was ticketed to play football and basketball at WVU. His career was cut short by injury, but he went into coaching and became one of the best offensive line coaches in college football and the NFL. He helped Nick Saban win his first national championship at Alabama.
Dave, Larry and Rick Phillips, Parkersburg: A royal family of linemen in the state, Dave won the Hunt in 1976, Larry in 1977 and Rick in 1983. Dave and Larry signed with Ohio State while Rick went on to play at WVU.
Jason Rader, St. Albans, 1997: Heavily recruited as a Red Dragon, Rader signed with Jim Donnan and Georgia. He transferred to Marshall for his final two seasons. He was on and off the practice squad and active rosters of the Falcons, Dolphins and Patriots from 2004-2009.
Dick Roberts, Welch, 1966: One of many great players from McDowell County in the 1960s, Roberts went on to be a starter at center for WVU. His older brother Don was a great center for Army in the early 1960s.
Luke Salmons, Ravenswood, 1998: Salmons was very under-recruited out of Ravenswood. I always felt if he had gone to prep school for a year, that extra year might have given him a shot at the NFL. He walked on at Marshall, earned a scholarship and had a great career for Pruett. He is now the head coach at Cabell Midland.
Brian Swisher, Sistersville, 1981: He would have been the smallest player to win the award as a 5-foot-6 wide receiver for Lou Nocida. He was a three-time all-state athlete and went on to become a fan favorite as a receiver and a return man for Sonny Randle and Stan Parrish at Marshall.
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