All-Decade Football: 2000s

Player of the Decade for the 2000s Maurice Drew of Concord De La Salle (left) played at the height of the legendary program’s 151-game win streak. At right, Tyron Smith of Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) celebrates NFL Draft selection by the Dallas Cowboys with commissioner Roger Goodell. Photos: Willie Eashman & has been covering the best of California prep sports for over 40 years and in that time we’ve seen some great players on football fields in every corner of the state. Some lived up to all the hype surrounding them as prep players, while others never were able to duplicate their high school production in college or the NFL. Some players are recognizable while others have long ago vanished from the scene of their glory days. We talked to as many credible prep football observers as we could to come up with our final selections of the Golden State’s best of the 2000s. Some of the selections were easy, some were difficult, but in the end, recalling the exploits of these Golden State greats was a fun exercise. Please let us know what you think about the picks and who we left off by shooting us an email or tweeting at us: @CalHiSports

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All-Decade: 2000s

(The All-Decade Football Teams were originally published in March 2009 in the seventh printed edition of our exclusive Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book and Almanac; There are a couple of differences on this list; To view the vast majority of the rest of our yearly honor squads, CLICK HERE. This was researched and published mostly based on high school accomplishment, although many of the players turned out to be among the all-time best from the Golden State.)

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