Now & Then – And then there were four


by Jeff Fisher

It’s time to find-out the teams that will meet February 1st in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.  On the eve of the AFC and NFC championship games, we thought it would be fun to look back at the four quarterbacks during their high school days.

Of the four – Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson – only Luck hasn’t been to a Super Bowl. Brady, Rodgers and Wilson have already picked-up their Super Bowl rings.

Since Luck hasn’t been to the Super Bowl, let’s start with him.  The Colts leader has an NFL bloodline, since his father, Oliver, was an NFL QB with the Houston Oilers.  Luck was actually born overseas while his father was the general manager of two World League of American Football teams.

Luck played his high school football at Stratford High School in suburban Houston, Texas where we threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns.  Many may be amazed that he also rushed for 2,085 yards in high school.

As you can see from the video above, Wilson was a three sport athlete at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.  The dual-threat Seahawks‘ QB was the same type of quarterback in high school.  As a junior he threw for over 3,200 yards and 40 touchdowns, while rushing for 635 yars and 15 TDs.  As a senior he tossed for 3,009 yards and 34 TDs, while rushing for 1,132 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Wilson was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft.  Instead of choosing a MLB career, Wilson went to NC State to play football.  However, during his time in Raleigh, North Carolina, he also was a member of the Wolpack baseball team.  He was drafted against in 2010 by the Colorado Rockies and played two years in the minor leagues before informing the Rockies that he was going to pursue a career in the NFL.  In December of 2013, the Rockies traded Wilson’s rights to the Texas Rangers.

Rodgers, who wore his high school’s hat to Friday’s Packers’ news conference, was a two-year starter at Pleasant Valley High School in California.  He threw for over 4,400 yards in his career and once threw a school record six touchdown passes in a game.

And, then there’s the Patriots’ Tom Brady and his three Super Bowl rings.  A week ago, we posted a great video of Brady’s “recruiting tape” that is nothing compared to today’s high-tech world of recruiting, but the fact is, Brady wasn’t a highly-recruited QB.

Brady played at Serra High School in San Mateo, California.  He led Serra to an 11-9 record during his two years as a starter, throwing for 3,514 yards and 33 touchdowns, according to a very nice story written by MaxPreps’ Mitch Stephens a couple of years ago.

Like Wilson, Brady was a very good baseball player.  He drafted was taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Montreal Expos after his senior season.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.