Best player in school history: Region 8-AAAAAAA teams

Georgia quarterback David Greene (right) gives David Pollack, longtime friends before arriving together at UGA, a hug after they played their last home at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, November 27, 2004. (JOHNNY CRAWFORD/AJC staff)

David Pollack and David Greene first played football together when they were 6-year-olds in Gwinnett County. They became University of Georgia teammates, roommates and stars of Georgia’s 2002 SEC championship team.

Pollack was an All-America defensive end who set the school’s career record for sacks. Greene was an All-SEC quarterback who set the school’s career record for passing yards.

That’s all pretty well known. Loren Smith even wrote a book about the Davids.

What happened between that first Pee-Wee team and UGA is probably not so well known, but it was predictable: They were outstanding high school players.

Pollack was the best player on Shiloh’s 2000 Class AAAAA quarterfinal team. It was the best of times for the Generals, who haven’t won a playoff game or fielded an all-state player since.

Greene’s time at South Gwinnett coincided with the arrival of head coach T. McFerrin, who inherited an 0-10 team from 1997 and turned things around immediately with Greene behind center.

The Comets went 8-5 and 9-3 in Greene’s final two seasons, and Greene was the first Gwinnett County quarterback outside of pass-happy Norcross to throw for 2,000 yards in a season.

Greene, a year older, encouraged Pollack to come to Georgia, and the story continued.

Here are GHSF Daily’s choices as the best players in the history of the current Region 8-AAAAAAA.

*Archer: Dylan Singleton (2015)

*Grayson: Robert Nkemdiche (2012)

*Newton: Dale Carter (1987)

*Rockdale County: Grady Jarrett (2010)

*Shiloh: David Pollack (2000)

*South Gwinnett: David Greene (1999)

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