Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


December 5, 2013

McGraw named on Register All-Century Football Team


“Grant is still at the top in yards and touchdowns and played in a time when we still ran more than we threw and with the 50-point rule, he didn’t always play that many quarters. It is hard to imagine what his numbers would have been like in the throwing offenses of today,” Koerselman replied.

Grant’s high school varsity coach, John Danks, who is in the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame replied, “Grant is really a good kid. It’s a great honor for him, his team and teammates. That was an awfully good era of Pleasantville football,” Danks said.

“It’s also a great honor for the community and the school. It’s almost overwhelming to be considered for that team.” Danks added.

One thing both Danks and Grant McGraw agreed, “It’s a team game, it’s not all about individual honors.”

Danks was the head football coach in Pleasantville for 25 years.

A panel of seven selected the All-Century Football Team along with readers of the newspaper, who made their selections online.

The panelists who made the selections of the team include, Jerry Staton, head football coach at Albia. Staton has a record of 255-178-1 coaching in 46 years. He previously coached at Oskaloosa where his 1996 squad won a state title and at Pella Christian.

Coach Keith Hanks, Des Moines North. He previously served as head coach in central and northwest Iowa.

Chuck Bredlow, a former coach who led Grundy Center to back-to-back state titles in 1987 and 1988. He currently is a principal at S.E. Polk High School.

Chuck Schoffner, sportswriter, who worked 34-years in the business including 26 with the Associated Press in Des Moines.

Bruce Clement, director of Clement Sports Recruiting Service, was also on the committee.

John Naughton, Des Moines Register sports reported for 25 years has selected the Des Moines Sunday Register all-state teams since 1994.

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