Point Loma football players named to all-time county roster
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Point Loma High landed the most players of any school in the county on a newly published list of the best young men ever to play prep football in San Diego.

Four former Pointers were included on the elite list compiled by Bodie De Silva on the Facebook sports site "Scorebook Live California." Pointer players honored with (class year):

Defensive back Eric Allen, (1983):

After starring for the Pointers, Allen moved on to Arizona State University where he was named first-team All-Pac 10 during his senior season after intercepting eight passes. Selected in the second round of the NFL draft (30th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles, he went on to play 14 seasons in professional football for the Eagles, Saints, and Raiders.  

He was named to six Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. During his pro career, he intercepted 54 passes, tying him for 21st in NFL history. He added nine defensive touchdowns, eight times with stolen passes. 

During a 1993 game against the New York Jets, Allen stopped a Jets drive when he intercepted a pass by Boomer Esiason at the six-yard line and ran it back 94 yards for what was called "the greatest interception in NFL history" by Ed Sabol of NFL Films.

As late as 2000 Allen intercepted six passes as an Oakland Raider, returned three for scores, and was honored with the first-ever Eric Turner Award named for the Raider free safety who died of abdominal cancer before the 2000 season.

 

Wide receiver JJ Stokes, (1990):

Stokes played for some of the best-ever Pointer football teams including the squad that defeated Morse 16-14 for the 1987 Class 3A championship under coach Bennie Edens. 

He starred at UCLA from 1991 to 1994 and was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in his junior year, also finishing in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy balloting as the only junior listed. He was also a unanimous All-American pick by The Sporting News, Associated Press, United Press International, and Kodak.

A severe upper thigh contusion suffered during the first game of his senior year limited Stokes but he still holds the UCLA record for most TD catches in a year (17 in 1993), TD catches in a career (28), receiving yards in a game (263 vs. USC in 1992) and receptions in a game (14 vs. Wisconsin in the 1994 Rose Bowl game). Stokes became a member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. 

The San Francisco 49ers made Stokes their first-round selection (10th overall) in the 1995 NFL draft. He played with them until 2002. He teamed with Terrell Owens in 1997 to become a double threat and later set career highs with 63 catches for 770 yards and eight TDs. Stokes retired in 2003 as a member of the New England Patriots. He totaled 342 receptions for 4,293 yards and 30 TDs.

 

Defensive lineman La'Roi Glover, (1992):

Known as a "Quiet Giant," Glover left his mark at PLHS, SDSU, and in the NFL.

He was a member of the 1991 Pointer 3A championship team that defeated Vista 14-0 and was also named CIF Player of the Year, USA Today's second-team All-American, Cal-Hi Sports first team and Los Angeles Times Lineman of the Year.

His maroon number 76 PLHS jersey has been retired after he finished the 1990 prep season with 77 tackles, 17.5 quarterback sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered six others.

Moving on to SDSU, Glover was a four-year starter for the Aztecs, earning awards for Outstanding Defensive Lineman and All-Western Athletic Conference second team. He was invited to play in the annual East-West Shrine game, inducted into the SDSU Hall of Fame in 2010, and the PLHS Hall of Fame in 2005.

A fifth-round pick of the Raiders, Glover played 13 seasons covering the Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and St. Louis Rams. He appeared in six Pro Bowls, was All-Pro four times, and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. He tallied 83.5 sacks and made the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s.

Glover also donated $100,000 in scholarship money to PLHS students over a 10-year period and contributed to other school projects. His La'Roi Glover Foundation assists students across the U.S. with back-to-school needs.

 

Jamal Agnew, (2013):

A fierce hitter, Agnew's reputation preceded him while playing at PLHS. At home games, opposing players would enter the Pointers' stadium looking for his jersey number 26. Not particularly big as a player, Agnew was a beast.

He played almost every non-line position as a Pointer, excelling at each, earning All-CIF and All-Western League honors, Defensive Player of the Year with six interceptions and 72 tackles. He also starred in basketball and track. 

At University of San Diego, Agnew stood out. He intercepted nine passes and broke the school record for pass breakups. He was named the team's best first-year player in 2013 and All-Pioneer League honorable mention, second team in 2014 followed by two years as a first-team star and team Defensive MVP. 

He was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, only the second player in USD history ever drafted. As a Lion, he achieved early stardom when he ran back a punt 88 yards for a touchdown on a Monday Night Football telecast in New York against the Giants. He had a second punt return score of 74 yards against the Saints.

He was named to the first-team All-Pro team in his rookie season. Besides returning punts and kickoffs, Agnew has played cornerback on defense but it was announced a week ago that the Lions are moving him to wide receiver to utilize his quick hands and speed.

Also on the list are such famous pro players are Junior Seau (Oceanside High), Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis (Lincoln High), and former Chargers Donnie Edwards (Chula Vista High) and Willie Buchanon (Oceanside High).

 

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