Pair from JHHS listed as all-time best linebackers in state of Louisiana

On the Morning Drive Radio Show that is broadcast weekdays from 6:00 – 8:00 am on KMLB 105.7FM / 540AM, local sports media moguls, Aaron Dietrich (KNOE-TV) and Clay Parker (K104 Downs Law Friday Night Scoreboard), recently held a video session where they identified the “Greatest Linebackers from NELA.”  Included on the list were a pair of Jonesboro-Hodge High School greats Johnny Garlington and Eldontae Osborne. 

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Below is the “Elite Eleven” in the order of ranking. 

1. Michael Brooks: 1981-1982 All State – 68 solo and 12 sacks as he led Ruston to state championship, NFL 1987-1996, 1st team All SEC 1985, 2nd 1984, 75 tackles (25 for loss) in 1985 & 75 (19) in 1984. Missed senior year 1986 (knee). Pro Bowl 1992, 2nd team All Pro 1993, 1016 career tackles in 138 career games. 4 interceptions, 7 sacks, 9 FF and 9 FR. 175 in 1990, SB runner up in 1987 and 1989.

2. Bradie James: 1998 All State & Def MVP and led West Monroe to state and national title, Mr. Football, All SEC 2001-2 154 tackles as a senior LSU record, 418 career – 2nd all time. 14 sacks, 33 TFL, 29 pressures. AA 2002, NFL 2003-2012 – 136 tackles (10 TFL, 8 sacks) as a senior and 101 (10 TFL, 6 sacks) as a junior. 10 seasons with Dallas and Houston. Started 126 of 157 career games – 834 total tackles, 16 sacks, and 14 FR.

3. Johnny Garlington All State 1962-1963 for Jonesboro-Hodge, NFL 1968-1977, played 128 games for Cleveland, 9 career picks, 8 FR and 7 career sacks; AFCA All American for LSU in 1967 (as a DE) and 1st team All SEC in 1966 and 1967.

4. Walter Johnson: Ferriday High School – All State 1981-1982, NFL 1987-1989, 2-time D2 All American at Tech 1985-1986, 327 career tackles and 38 (school record) career sacks, In Tech HOF 2013 and their all-century team, 27 sacks as a junior DE and 165 tackles a NG his senior year.

5. Toby Caston: Neville High School – 1982 All State, NFL 1987 – 1993 – played 90 NFL games for Houston and Detroit, 112 tackles, 19 TFL, 9 FF and 6 FR as a senior. 2nd leading tackler with LSU in 1985 and 1st in 1986 with 97, 1st team all SEC in 1986.

6. Barkevious “Keke” Mingo: West Monroe High School – 2007-2008 All State, 08 Def MVP, AA Bowl, 2nd team All SEC 2011-12, played 126 games in the NFL 2013-2020 – 255 career tackles and 12.5 career sacks, Super Bowl champ with NE in 2016, 7 sacks, PD and FR as a senior.

7. Larry Gordon: NFL 1976-1982 (Combs-McIntyre – defunct AFLAO school in West Carroll Parish) All American at Arizona St. 1st rd pick – Started 98 of 100 games for Dolphins. 8 picks and 17 sacks. Died in offseason at age 28 from heart disease.

8. James Haynes: All State 1977 as a guard at Tallulah High School, NFL 1984-1989, played at Miss Valley State and was 1st team all SWAC 1983 (101 tackles & 10 sacks); played 61 games for Saints, “Hitman” had 4 career sacks and 5 FRs

9. Jackie Walker: Carroll High School, NFL 1986-1989, played 57 career games for Tampa Bay; started 4 years at Jackson State – led team in tackles with 131 as a senior, SWAC Def Player of the Year and 1985 D2 All-American teams. Played basketball at JSU also. Also played in the Arena league.

10. Cardia Jackson: All State 2005 – 151 tackles, 207 in ’04 at Wossman, 2nd team All Sun Belt in ’07, 1st in ’08 and ’09 (DPOY too) – 381 career tackles at ULM; NFL practice squad member with GB SB team in 2011.

11. Eldonta Osborne: Jonesboro-Hodge – All State 1984, NFL 1990, played for Shreveport Pirates of CFL from 1994-1995, 112 tackles as a junior at LA Tech and 395 in his career, 4 interceptions as a senior at J-Hodge, recorded 1 sack in 12 games for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals


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