ABILENE W YLIE
BY ALEC LEWIS
After winning the 5A state championship at Southlake Carroll, Daniel was
named the Player of the Year by EA Sports and was deemed a top- 50 recruit
out of high school. Daniel headed to Missouri, where he was paired with
current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Daniel became
the Missouri career total offense yardage leader with 13,256 yards before
being selected in the NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Daniel served as
Drew Brees’ backup for four seasons before joining Kansas City in 2013.
Flynn entered LSU following a decorated high school career, hoping to succeed
No. 1 NFL selection JaMarcus Russell. In 2005, as the backup, Flynn threw for seven
touchdowns and only one interception, leading the Tigers to an SEC championship.
He again led LSU to a national championship in 2007. Flynn was drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers. He performed well in limited duty behind all-pro
Aaron Rodgers. He eventually signed with Seattle and played briefly with the Oakland
Raiders before returning to Green Bay.
When you’re talking about a pure passer, you can start with Case Keenum.
At Abilene Wylie, Keenum passed for 6,783 yards and 48 touchdowns and also
converted a game-winning drive to win the 3A state championship. Keenum then
attended Houston and threw for 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns, putting him
in rare air when it comes to college quarterbacks. He has played with the Houston
Texans for his entire NFL career, which has spanned two seasons. Last season, he
passed for 1,760 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
Coming out of Colleyville, Ponder was ranked the 20th-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com. As the second generation representative of one of the few father-son duos to play for coach Bobby
Bowden at Florida State, Christian Ponder entered the program with
a lot of expectations. After winning multiple bowl games, Ponder was
selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 12th overall pick in the
2011 and has been the starter for the Vikings since.
After moving from Florida to Texas in his early high school years, Stafford was
tutored by acclaimed high school coach Randy Allen. In 2005, he led Highland
Park to a 4A state championship and was ranked the No. 1 pro-style quarterback
in the country. Stafford then went to Georgia where he thrived in his three years,
leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 record in bowl games. In 2008, Stafford was selected by the Detroit Lions as the first pick in the NFL Draft. He has over 17,000
passing yards and 107 touchdowns in the NFL since.
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