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    Best Players from the Old NIL (Nashville Interscholastic League)


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    #1 gator

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    Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:54 PM

    Who were some of the greatest high school football players from the old NIL (Nashville Interscholastic League), what schools did they play for (whether the school is still open or not), and what years did they play? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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    #2 fromthetop2

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    Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:33 PM

    wow, that list would be huge!
    A question I would have- what year did the NIL go out of existence?

    Some I remember were Fred Fisher, Barry Burton, Lonnie Sadler, Jimmy Gaylor, and Ralph Carnahan.
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    Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:40 PM

    wow, that list would be huge!
    A question I would have- what year did the NIL go out of existence?

    Some I remember were Fred Fisher, Barry Burton, Lonnie Sadler, Jimmy Gaylor, and Ralph Carnahan.

    What about Jeff Peoples? Didn't he win the NIL MVP in football and baseball?
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    Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:52 PM

    Wayne Bush-Glencliff
    Kenny Johnson-Donelson
    Bonnie Sloan--Litton
    Bill Wade--MBA
    Chuck Boyd-Madison
    Austin Denney-Donelson
    Alex Gordy-Litton
    Tom Moore-Goodlettsville
    Richard Fulton-East
    Maxie Runyon--Cohn
    Kenneth Duke-Litton
    Bobby Tillman--Litton
    Mike Jones-Stratford
    Preston Brown-Maplewood
    Tom Marshall-Mt. Juliet
    Greg Gaines-DuPont
    George Volkert-Litton
    Johnny Tomlinson--Litton (one year anyway)
    Chuck Steagald--Donelson

    There are way too many to mention. Maybe the best back and lineman from each team would be more like it, although that would still be hard to do.
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    Posted 11 October 2006 - 01:16 PM

    Mike Wright and Tommy Bateman (Ryan) 1974
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    #6 KWoodroof

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    Posted 21 October 2006 - 06:53 PM

    wow, that list would be huge!
    A question I would have- what year did the NIL go out of existence?

    Some I remember were Fred Fisher, Barry Burton, Lonnie Sadler, Jimmy Gaylor, and Ralph Carnahan.

    The NIL still existed through the '78 season, although the district set-up had made it a bit irrelevant. The '70 season, when MBA played Two Rivers in the Clinic Bowl, is probably the last time the NIL had real importance.

    Some that I would list (and I'll go for the obscure here)

    Danny Hunley (Cumberland)
    Terry Potter (Goodlettsville)
    David Belt (Madison)
    Walter Herod (Hendersonville)
    Walter Overton (Pearl)
    Jeff Woodcock (Maplewood)
    Anybody who lettered (MBA, '66-'68)
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    Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:19 AM

    What about Carlton Flatt, head coach at Brentwood Academy? Didn't he play ball in Nashville?
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    Posted 22 October 2006 - 01:00 PM

    E.J. Junior (Mapelwood & University of Alabama) was All-Pro in the NFL
    Lester McClain (Antioch & University of Tennessee)
    "Jefferson Street" Joe Gillam (Pearl, Tennessee State, Pittsburgh Steelers)

    Mike Wright (Father Ryan) was probably the best QB from Middle Tennessee until Ingle Martin (MBA) started to play. Is it true that one of Wright's daughters is married to Martin?

    Edited by cbg, 22 October 2006 - 02:45 PM.

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    Posted 23 October 2006 - 06:00 AM

    E.J. Junior (Mapelwood & University of Alabama) was All-Pro in the NFL
    Lester McClain (Antioch & University of Tennessee)
    "Jefferson Street" Joe Gillam (Pearl, Tennessee State, Pittsburgh Steelers)

    Mike Wright (Father Ryan) was probably the best QB from Middle Tennessee until Ingle Martin (MBA) started to play. Is it true that one of Wright's daughters is married to Martin?

    Yes, his daughter Jennifer married Ingle a year or so ago. She pitched softball for Alabama for four years. His other daughter, Amy, has dated Matt Frieje (Vanderbilt basketball) for years as well.

    What about Carlton Flatt, head coach at <a href='http://www.coacht.com/inside/team.cfm?SchoolID=37&SportID=1' target='_blank'>Brentwood Academy</a>? Didn't he play ball in Nashville?

    Carlton Flatt played at the old Cumberland High School in North Nashville.

    Edited by bigchief, 23 October 2006 - 05:59 AM.

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    #10 KWoodroof

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    Posted 24 October 2006 - 06:57 AM

    Carlton Flatt played at the old Cumberland High School in North Nashville.

    If you can go back that far, you obviously know the NIL!
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