Peoria is one of the oldest high schools in the West Valley, dating to 1922. (Glendale High was founded in 1911).
The school won state football titles in 1944, 1986, 1987 and tied for the championship in 1994.
Some of the greatest all-around athletes wore green and gold.
For a 10-year period in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was Linebacker Central. Then, it became a haven for great running backs and receivers, with Cheap Eric Guliford Jersey many moving onto Arizona State.
Too many great players are being left out when you have to trim it to 10.
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Here is Peoria’s all-time 10 greatest list:
No. 1 Eric Guliford, WR, 1988
Starred on Peoria’s 1986 and ’87 state championship teams, where he teamed up with current Peoria head coach Will Babb, who was his quarterback. He was a threat to score any time he touched the ball. He was just as good returning punts and kickoffs as he was putting a move on a defender and taking off for the end zone after catches. He went on to star at Arizona State, before playing five NFL seasons and three in the Canadian Football League.
No. 2 Jamal Miles, RB/WR, 2009
He was among the nation’s top running backs his senior year (ranked the No.27 running back nationally by Rivals.com). He lived up to the preseason hype, rushing for 2,168 yards (9.4 yards a carry) and 29 touchdowns in 2008, when the Panthers gave Scottsdale Saguaro a huge scare in the state semifinals. He had more than 1,000 yards rushing in each of his sophomore and junior seasons. He went on to become the Carolina Panthers Jerseys Cheap most prolific special-teams player in Arizona State history with 1,866 all-time kick return yards. He had four career kick return TDs. He moved to receiver his senior year and caught 37 passes.
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No. 3 Kenny Mitchell, WR, 1995
He was a Parade All-American his senior year, along with a receiver named Randy Moss, who went on to become an NFL superstar. Mitchell went on to star at Arizona State, starting as a true freshman. He played in the Blue-Grey All-Star game after his senior year. He signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 1999, but hamstring injuries never allowed him to fulfill his pro football dream. He became a Phoenix police detective.
No. 4 Keegan Herring, RB, 2005
He was a PrepStar magazine pre-season and post-season All-American his senior year, despite missing four games with an injury. He still had more than 900 yards. He had a tremendous junior season, rushing for 1,712 yards and scoring 29 TDs. He also was one of the greatest sprinters in track and was voted the wrestling team’s most inspired wrestler, going 21-7 in the 215-pound class, although he weighed 186 pounds. He made a big splash as a true freshman at ASU, setting a school freshman rushing record with 870 yards.
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No. 5 Tim Toone, WR/KR, 2003
This dynamo averaged an astonishing 31 yards a catch his senior season, before serving a two-year church mission. He picked up football again at Weber State, where he had 32 catches for 698 yards and 10 TDs, making FCS first-team All-American in 2009. He became Mr. Irrelevant in the 2010 NFL draft, chosen by the Detroit Lions with the 255th and final pick. In 2012, with the Atlanta Falcons, he made a 53-player NFL roster for the first time. But a hamstring injury derailed that NFL dream.
No. 6 Tavon Cooper, RB/DB, 1995
One of the greatest athletes to come out of Peoria, Cooper played running back, receiver, defensive back and returned kicks. He was a big cog on Peoria’s 1994 team that tied Tucson Sahuaro 17-17 in the Class 4A state championship game. He went on to play at the University of Colorado, where he earned All-American mention as a defensive back.
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No. 7 Dusty Weiland, LB, 1988
He was a two-time All-Arizona linebacker on Peoria’s back-to-back state championship teams. He was a beast turned loose. He was always getting into the backfield and clogging the run and had a great knack of dropping back in coverage and making plays. Considered one of the greatest defenders in Peoria’s storied history. He played college football at Iowa.
No. 8 Erick Ipock, OL, 1989
He was a rare breed, named the state’s Player of the Year in 1988 as an offensive lineman. But the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder, who was a big part of the Panthers’ 1987 state championship team and the ’88 state runner-up team, ran into academic trouble at Arizona State early in his college life and stopped playing. But during his time at Peoria, Ipock was a freak athlete with amazing gifts. “He went in the training room one time and wanted to show up the running backs,” former Peoria Athletic Director Rick Johnson said. “He jumped up on a table that was 30 inches high.”