Putting together an All-Decade high school football team is tough enough.
Putting one together for Manatee County isn’t just tough — it’s about as easy as trying to climb Mount Everest.
Blindfolded. On ice skates.
In other words, we know people are going to disagree with our picks. But that’s part of the fun.
What we can tell you is this team weren’t just thrown together. We did our due diligence. We poured through the archives. We talked to football coaches past and present. We gave a project such as this the time and scrutiny it deserves, and put together a team we feel to be emblematic of the best of Manatee County football from 2000-09.
We didn’t try to mess too much with the formula and did our best to put 11 players on offense and defense, with a utility player or athlete thrown in for good measure. Could we have expanded the team and included more guys?
Sure. But make the list too big, and it waters down the accomplishments of the guys who made it.
So here they are, the best local players over the past decade.
And whether you agree with our picks or not, it’s hard to imagine anyone beating a team as deep as this one.
Let the debate begin ...