Is WPIAL Football still as strong as it used to be?
I taught HS in Butler when Terry Hanratty played there (1964)
WPIAL was THE best HS football in the Nation!
No kidding: look at just some of of the QB's that came out of the WPIAL: Unitas, Namath, Montana, Kelly, Marino ...
After being a two-time first string All-American at Notre Dame and a Time Magazine cover, Hanratty never lived up to his vast potential. For some reason he looked every day of 45 when he was 28. At least the Saul brothers did well.
And how many more SB's would the Steelers have won had they not passed on Marino in favor of ill-fated Gabe "Senor Sack" Rivera? The Rivera pick ranks "down there" with Ferguson and Leftwich and not signing Unitas.
What did you teach? Did you hang around long enough to teach Rick Santorum? Maybe he went to parochial school.
I know the storied history of the WPIAL; I was asking about the current and most recent years to see if it still lives up to it's Stellar Reputation. Since the whole area has been in a general decline, was curious if it affected HS Football.
Forgot about the Saul Brothers! There were some mean dudes!
The Saul brothers, were born and raised in Butler. Bill played linebacker for the Colts, Steelers, Saints and Lions; Richard played for the Los Angeles Rams; and Ronald played for the Washington Redskins. They played during the 60's and 70's. If you wanted to clone the perfect linebacker, you'd use thier genes!
Hanratty looked 35 years old when he was in high school!
He reached his peak at ND. You're right, failed miserably as a Pro.
I taught American History and coached the Debate Team. I didn't even know how to spell debate but it paid an extra $500.00 so I took it! At the time, Butler was the best paying school district in PA. I made $4600.00 a year! Got tired of eating hot dogs and kool aid and went into sales with Sears after 1 year.