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Diablo Dream Team

Check out our East Bay fantasy football team.


Photo by Tony Gonzales/Oakland Raiders

East Bay high schools are known for producing National Merit Scholars, but students don’t just excel in academics. The bright lights of local fields have shone on talented football stars who graduated to successful careers in the NFL. Here are our picks to field an East Bay fantasy team.


» Josh Johnson

San Francisco 49ers

Local Ties: Oakland Technical High.
Why: The backup QB to Alex Smith holds four USD career passing records.

Photo by Harry Skull/Jacksonville JaguarsRunning Back

» Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Local Ties: Oakland Technical High, UC Berkeley.
Why: In 2011, set the franchise record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (11).

Running Back

» Maurice Jones-Drew

Jacksonville Jaguars

Local Ties: De La Salle.
Why: Led the NFL in rushing in 2011.




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Running Back

» Jahvid Best

Detroit Lions

Local Ties: Salesian High, UC Berkeley.
Why: Set Cal records for most yards in a season and rushing yards in a game.

Wide Receiver

» Davone Bess

Miami Dolphins

Local Ties: Skyline High.
Why: Season receptions in 2008 were the second most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie.


» Lorenzo Alexander

Washington Redskins

Local Ties: Saint Mary’s College High, UC Berkeley.
Why: Named captain for special teams in 2010 and 2011 seasons, and was the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Award two years straight.

Defensive Tackle

» Derek Landri

Philadelphia Eagles

Local Ties: De La Salle.
Why: Named one of the top 10 draft steals of 2007 by Sports Illustrated.


» T.J. Ward

Cleveland Browns

Local Ties: De La Salle.
Why: Two interceptions and 123 combined tackles in his rookie season.

Defensive End

» Dave Tollefson

Oakland Raiders

Local Ties: Ygnacio Valley High.
Why: Career high five sacks during the 2011 season with the Giants before signing with the Raiders this year.


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