First team: Chris Angelini, Warewolves
183/282, 3029 yards, 43 TDs, 5 INT, 64.9%, 10.7 YPA, 133.1 Rating
While there will surely be people that poke holes in his pristine résumé, Angelini firmly sits atop the QB chart this season. It’s hard to dispute a passer that leads his team to a 7-1 mark while winning the QB “crown” by having the highest rating of any signal caller. He threw 5+ TD’s in every game but one, and also had a string of 196 passes without an INT between weeks 3 and 8. The Wolves had many mouths to feed, and Angelini spread the wealth around, connecting with 10 different receivers throughout the season.
Second team: Nick Venuto, The Untouchables
204/307, 3479 yards, 48 TDs, 10 INT, 66.4%, 11.3 YPA, 130.7 Rating
The John Zitani supporters will be outraged by this call, but Venuto earned his spot on this roster. He led the league in attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and yards per attempt. If that’s not what makes up an All Pro, I don’t know what is. His shining moment was his monster day Week 4, where he went 27-34 for 621 yards, 9 TDs, and 0 interceptions. He had three games that saw him throw for 7 TDs, and he is also riding a 5 game 400+ ypg hot streak into the playoffs.
First Team: Anthony Spanola, Shockers
28 receptions, 432 yards, 7 TDs, 15.4 ypc, 36 targets
The muscle of the Shockers offense, Spanola also shows his underrated quickness and shiftiness in the open field as a dump off for QB Joe Guiffre. He finished with the second most catches on the team, and it’s safe to say the QB-lineman pair have formed a solid connection. He showed up big in the battle against the Woodchucks, snagging 6 balls for 83 yards and 2 TDs in their week 3 battle. Spanola has at least 1 catch in the last 7 games he has played in, and look for that trend to continue.
Second Team: Garrett Lavaggi, Woodchucks
27 receptions, 281 yards, 8 TDs, 10.4 ypc, 31 targets
The motor on this man never stops, and it’s his relentlessness in both the blocking and receiving/after catch aspects of the game that make him so valuable. He scored the then go ahead TD with 2 minutes remaining in the ‘Chucks heartbreaking loss to the Shockers, and went on to put up 2 TDs in a losing effort to the Warewolves the following week. Lavaggi capped off a great 3 week stretch in a Week 5 win over The Untouchables by posting a 5/116/2 stat line on the day.
Anthony Carlo, The Untouchables
59 receptions, 1540 yards, 20 TDs, 26.1 ypc, 92 targets
Where do you even begin with this monster season? Is it the record shattering 1540 yards receiving, or how about the second most TDs in a single season with 20? Don’t overlook his insane Week 4 performance that saw him haul in 11 passes for 347 yards and 3 TD’s, nor the fact that he combined for 22 receptions, 476 yards, and 4 TD’s against the Woodchucks and Shockers defenses. This truly was a season for the ages, and take into account the fact that he missed a game with a leg injury, it becomes even more of a modern marvel. He averaged exactly 220 yards a game in the 7 games he played, and nearly 3 TD’s a game.
Terron Maples, Spartans
47 receptions, 847 yards, 8 TDs, 18.0 ypc, 70 targets
After missing the first 2 games of the season, Maple Syrup exploded onto the scene with a 10 catch day in his first pair of contests. He also missed Week 8, leaving his Week 7 masterpiece as the final memory of the season. Up against the high powered Untouchables offensive attack, Maples tried his best to match them shot for shot. Despite falling short, he ended up with a monster day. 11 of his 14 targets were caught, resulting in 295 yards of offense and 3 TDs. Terron struggled to find paydirt often with the rotating door at the QB position, but still managed big plays by hitting on 5 50+ yarders. In 5 games, Maples averaged 169.4 yards despite drawing the oppositions top defender on most occasions.
Corey Feldman, The Untouchables
45 receptions, 772 yards, 16 TDs, 17.1 ypc, 59 targets
Not to be lost in all the rightfully deserved praise of Anthony Carlo is the tremendous season achieved by his running mate, Corey Feldman. After leading the league in receiving last season on a winless team, Feldman was out to prove he wasn’t a product of an ideal statistical situation. He did just that, catching 76% of the balls thrown in his direction and recording at least 1 TD in each game. While some people may point at the added attention paid to his teammate, Feldman had a #FeldmanFieldDay in the only game in which Carlo didn’t play. Week 2, Corey had 7 receptions for 120 yards and 4 TDs in a losing effort against the Warewolves stout D. His juggling, behind the back snag that was unfortunately not caught on film stands as one of the top plays of the season, and there is no denying Feldman is an integral part to The Untouchables passing attack that produced the most yards in the league.
Mike Lawrence, Rabid Squirrels
43 receptions, 771 yards, 15 TDs, 17.9 ypc, 69 targets
An addition from the disbanded Mean Machine, Lawrence carried over his receiving dominance with his new squad. Despite losing the title late, Mike was leading the league in catches for most of the season. His peak was a 2 week stretch in November which saw him go for 18 catches, 307 yards, and 5 TDs, including one of those games against the Shockers. He also began the season with a bang in a shootout loss, hauling in 5 passes for 155 yards and 3 TDs.
Maliq Black, Unwanted
44 receptions, 913 yards, 10 TDs, 20.75 ypc, 79 targets
Big plays were the name of the game for Black, as he broke off a play of 40+ yards in 6 out of the 8 games on the season. He also found the end zone in 6 out of 8 games as well. While he may have dropped a few more passes than experts would have liked to see, there is no denying the impact Maliq routinely had on a week to week basis.
Peter Torres, Unwanted
40 receptions, 879 yards, 12 TDs, 21.9 ypc, 69 targets
The other half of the highly touted Unwanted duo, Torres is not to be forgotten. 6 out of his first 8 career catches resulted in TDs, and he ended up tied for 4th overall in TDs. He was also the third leading receiver yards wise, and the resume will seemingly only grow longer and longer as Torres gains more experience.
Billy Belford, Woodchucks
38 receptions, 791 yards, 12 TDs, 20.8 ypc, 55 targets
Numbers don’t justify the season Billy Ballgame put together. Two of the most amazing catches of the season, including the catch of the year against SassaFrassa, were made by Belford. His diving, full body extension snag will be replayed for years. B2 started the season off with 4 consecutive 100+ receiving yard performances, and ended it with a 148 yard game Week 8. His shining moment was a 10 catch, 170 yard line against the Shockers.
Mike Sparrowe, Average Joes
37 receptions, 870 yards, 9 TDs, 23.5 ypc, 58 targets
While the Average Joes experienced some growing pains in their inaugural season, the same can not be said for the burner Mike Sparrowe. The Birdman was easily the best target on the team, recording 100+ receiving yards in 5 out of the 7 games the team played. His season high was a 7 catch, 204 yard day against the Spartans week 3, and managed an impressive 7 for 146 against the vaunted Shockers defense. 8 times he had a catch of 40 or more yards, despite the fact that his team only played 7 games due to a SassaFrassa forfeit Week 8.
Steve Soletto, Shockers
No defense player terrorized quarterbacks more than The Shockers premiere pass rusher. Soletto doubled his closest competitor and then some in sack totals, boasting 11 more than Joe Ganzy’s 10. He sacked both John Zitani and Chris Angelini 3 times each, to go along with 2 other 4 sack performances this season. Couple that in with the fact that he had multiple sacks in 7 out of 8 games, and it’s easy to see why Soletto campaign is so highly thought of in league circles.
Joe Ganzy, Average Joes
The Joes had impact players on defense, and the best of the bunch may have been the bull rushing hammer that is Average Joe Ganzy. His highlight of the season was his 3 sacks in 4 plays against The Unwanted, but numbers don’t tell the whole story with Ganzy. Play after play he would run his body into opposing offensive blockers, setting the tone for a very physical Average Joe’s defense.
Dan Erickson, Shockers
The Shockers employee a 2 man rush on defense, and while there is no denying the elite talent of Steve Soletto, Erickson can be a force to be reckoned with as well. Ask QB Chris Angelini, who was sacked 3 times by Erickson Week One. Or Week Two when he took down the SassaFrassa QBs 2 times. The elite pass rush duo of the Shockers is only getting better.
Bill Budd, Rabid Squirrels
5 Sacks, 3 Interceptions, 1 Defensive TD
Versatility is the calling card of the tough and underrated Budd. His Week 5 performance sealed his spot on the All Pro team, when Budd recorded not only a pair of sacks but also a pair of interceptions against the Spartans. He also recorded 2 sacks in the following game.
Devon Snead, Shockers
8 Interceptions, 3 Defensive TDs
While the pass rush up front was in quarterback’s faces all day, offseason addition Devon Snead was lying in the weeds waiting to capitalize on seemingly any mistake a passer made. He averaged 1 INT a game for the season, and also played blanket coverage on many of the league’s top receivers. Consider in the fact that he was playing heavy snaps on offense as well (6th in receiving yards), Snead’s energy is almost unmatched in the JSGFFL. Twice this season he recorded 2 picks, and in Week 5 he scored on a pick 6 and a fumble recovery to win Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Joe DeTroia, Woodchucks
6 Interceptions, 2 Sacks, 2 Defensive TDs
A great ‘Chucks secondary was led by DeTroia’s coverage ability and playmaking skills. He was the only player this season to record a sack, an interception, a pick 6, and a fumble recovery for a TD. He ended up second in the league in interceptions, and had a game with a sack and an interception to go along with a 2 INT game as well. While it’s hard to ever truly declare one of the ‘Chucks defensive backs better than the others, DeTroia was no doubt the best of the bunch this season.
Shane Capone, Warewolves
4 Interceptions, 3 Defensive TDs
One of the most athletic players in the league, Capone provided excellent coverage for the ‘Wolves as well as some big plays once he got the ball in his hands. He singlehandedly changed the complexion of the Unwanted/Warewolves game. Shane jumped a route at the goal line on the first drive of the game to go 80 yards to paydirt, then jumped another route later for one more pick 6. The offensive game plan also relies on Capone, and his stamina has allowed him to be heavy contributor to the team.
Dev McEllen, Woodchucks
5 Interceptions, 1 Defensive TD
The most passionate player in the JSGFFL, Dev brings an intensity and focus to the field every week that is unmatched. He backs up his confident talk with on field ability, routinely shutting down receivers he is matched up against. His sole defensive score this season was a huge fumble scoop and score against the Shockers in the game of the year, showing that Dev will rise to the occasion when there are high stakes on the line.
Vin Elardo, Warewolves
5 Interceptions, 1 Defensive TD
The combo of size, speed, and savvy is what makes Vin Elardo such a presence on defense. He ranges sideline to sideline making plays, knocking down passes and picking some off as well. Elardo opened up the season with 2 interceptions in the first game ever played at Winding River Field, and also had a pair agains the Average Joes. Elardo is also one of the best flag pullers in the league.
Jihad Castro, Rabid Squirrels
Castro was pacing the league in interceptions for a good portion of the season, only to see his turnovers dry up down the stretch. The coverage skills he possesses were still on display though throughout the season. Castro was a magnet to the ball in the early going, picking off a pass in the Rabid Squirrels first 3 games. Even though he didn’t find the endzone, his return ability still gave the team good field position.
Dan Calabrease, Shockers
4 Interceptions, 2 TDs
On a defense loaded with talent, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle sometimes. While the headlines have gone to Scott Soletto and Devon Snead (rightfully so), Calabrease had one of the better seasons of any player in the league. This writer thinks he may the most underrated player in the league if you factor in his recently revealed offensive ability and combine that with his coverage skills. The man also knows how to score, returning 2 of his interceptions to the house. Offenses have paid the price for trying to avoid Snead, and now Calabrease is starting to be recognized on his own.
Tim Vecci, Average Joes
Vecci beat out his Average Joes teammate and secondary partner Brett Maniaci for this last spot on the All Pro team. He has a knack for being around the ball, making a habit of knocking down passes. The speed he brings gives him great ability in coverage, and in Week 3 he recorded a 2 INT game, the first one in Average Joe’s history. He is a calming influence to a team that needs guidance on occasions.