4. George Duarte, RB/DB, 1982

While Fred Sims made all the headlines during Sunnyside's first undefeated regular season in 1980, Duarte, a junior, was quietly developing into one of the best safeties in the state. Duarte was a two-time first team All-State defensive back and became the back-up running back in 1981. He finished third in the city in rushing yardage while teammate David Adams was first. Duarte went on to play at NAU where he was a two-time Associated Press Division I-AA All-American in 1985 and 1986 and still holds the Lumberjack record with 19 interceptions his junior season, 11 more than anyone else in the history book. Duarte went undrafted but eventually played three games with the Chicago Bears as a special teams player in 1987.

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