By Mike White | Thursday, Sept. 24, 10:15 a.m.
Gatorade is celebrating its 25th player of the year anniversary, and yesterday we gave you Gatorade's Pennsylvania Players of the Year for the past 25 seasons. It was kind of fun to look at some of those old names and look at who went on to big things, and who didn't do all that much.
Today, we give you Gatorade's National Players of the Year. The list is below. It is even more interesting to see the great players, but also the ones who didn't do much.
Gatorade sent out the above photo in a news release. They didn't identify the people in the photo. I'm not sure who the basketball player is on the left. Possibly Candace Parker. But I do know who the "kid" is in the football uniform. You know him now as No. 18 on the Indianapolis Colts. It is Peyton Manning in his high school days. He was the 1993 national player of the year.
One of the former national players of the year was from the WPIAL. See below.
Who do you think the best of this bunch was? Who do you think was the biggest bust? You can post a comment in the "comments" section of this blog.
Here are the Gatorade National Players of the Year
2008 Garrett Gilbert, QB, Austin, Texas
2007 Matt Barkley, QB, Santa Ana, Calif.
2006 John Brantley, QB, Ocala, Fla.
2005 Mitch Mustain, QB, Springdale, Ariz.
2004 Greg Paulus, QB, Syracuse, N.Y.
2003 Jeff Byers, OL-DL, Loveland, Colo.
2002 Kyle Wright, QB, Danville, Calif.
2001 Lorenzo Booker, RB, Ventura, Calif.
2000 Joe Mauer, QB, St. Paul, Minn.
1999 Brock Berlin, QB, Shreveport, La.
1998 Chris Lewis, QB, Long Beach, Calif.
1997 Ron Curry, QB, Hampton, Va.
1996 Travis Minor, RB, Baton Rouge, La.
1995 Tim Couch, QB, Hyden, Ken.
1994 Brock Huard, QB, Puyallup, Wash.
1993 Peyton Manning, QB, New Orleans, La.
1992 Ron Powlus, QB, Berwick, Pa.
1991 Chris Walsh, QB, St. Paul, Minn.
1990 Marquette Smith, RB, Winter Park, Fla.
1989 Robert Smith, RB, Euclid, Ohio
1988 Terry Kirby, RB, Tabb, Va.
1987 Curtis Bray, TE-LB, Gateway High School, Pa.
1986 Emmitt Smith, RB, Pensacola, Fla.
1985 Jeff George, QB, Indianapolis, Ind.