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Final best of the best in WPIAL football history

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the WPIAL, the Tribune-Review asked its readers to vote for the top 10 players in league history at nine positions. Subsequently, the nine winners were pitted against each other during voting that took place over the past two weeks and North Hills' Eric Kasperowicz, a dual-threat choice at quarterback and defensive back, was the popular choice among Tribune-Review readers. He beat out Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka, among other players who went from Western Pennsylvania to stardom in college and the pros.

All-purpose Eric Kasperowicz, North Hills AP Player of the Year for undefeated 1993 PIAA champ

QB Dan Marino, Central Catholic NFL's all-time passing leader was first-team all-state in 1978

RB Tony Dorsett, Hopewell First-team all-state in '72, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer

LB LaVar Arrington, North Hills Parade National Player of the Year in 1996

OL Bill Fralic, Penn Hills Played in four Pro Bowls during eight-year NFL career

TE Mike Ditka, Aliquippa Consensus All-American at Pitt, Pro Football Hall of Famer

DB Tom Flynn, Penn Hills All-state safety in 1979 led three-time WPIAL champs

DL Sean Gilbert, Aliquippa Named 1988 USA Today Defensive Player of the Year

WR Ernie Pitts, Aliquippa Named AP first-team all-state in 1952

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