Dozens of Westchester natives have played in the National Football League but only eight have made it to the Super Bowl.
White Plains High School (Class of 1976)
Art Monk, a wide receiver who spent most of his 14-year career with the Washington Redskins, is the only Westchester native in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Monk, after graduating from White Plains High School, played college football at Syracuse University. After four years, he was taken by the Washington Redskins in the first round (18th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft.
During his career, Monk was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, earned first-team All-Pro honors once (1984), and won three Super Bowls (1983, 1988, 1992). He also appeared in and lost another Super Bowl in 1984.
Monk was a dominant force in Super Bowl XXVI. At 34 years old, he caught 7 passes for 113 yards, as the Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37-24.
Monk, who played two more seasons (with the New York Jets in 1994 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995), was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
New Rochelle High School (Class of 2004)
In just six years in the league, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, was named second-team All-Pro twice, and won the Super Bowl in 2013.
During his senior year at New Rochelle High School, Rice carried the ball 122 times for 1,192 yards and 23 touchdowns. Rice went on to star at Rutgers University and was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In Super Bowl XLVII, Rice carried the ball 20 times for 59 yards, helping the Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. He also caught 4 passes for 19 yards.
New Rochelle High School (Class of 1966)
Ray Rice wasn’t the first Huguenot to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy to New Rochelle. Offensive lineman George Starke won a Super Bowl in 1983 with the Washington Redskins, the only team he played for during his 12-year professional career. He appeared in another Super Bowl in 1984, his final year in the NFL.
After graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1966, Starke attended Columbia University, where he played for the school’s football and basketball teams. He was taken by the Redskins in the 11th round of the 1971 NFL Draft, but didn’t debut with the team until the 1973 season. He was named by the Washington Redskins as one of their “80 Greatest Redskins.”
Roosevelt High School (Class of 1999)
Jimmy Kennedy, a Yonkers native, wrapped up his nine-year professional career in February 2012 with a Super Bowl victory as a member of the New York Giants.
Kennedy played at Roosevelt High School under legendary coach Tony DeMatteo, now at Somers. Kennedy went on to become a four-year defensive starter at Penn State under another legendary coach, Joe Paterno.
At Penn State, Kennedy was named the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Kennedy was taken by the St. Louis Rams with the 12th pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also played with the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. He was a member of the Giants team that defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI.
New Rochelle High School
Jordan Lucas, the only active player on this list, has technically yet to play in a Super Bowl. The former New Rochelle High School player will make his Big Game debut with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 2, against the San Francisco 49ers.
Lucas, a running back and defensive back, played for New Rochelle until 2010. In 2011, he transferred to Worcester Academy, a private school in Massachusetts. The three-star recruit continued his football career at Penn State University, playing both cornerback and safety.
Lucas was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After playing two seasons for the Dolphins, Lucas was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018.
White Plains High School (Class of 1972)
Jay Saldi was an All-American linebacker and tight end at White Plains High School. Because of injuries, Saldi finished his college career at the University of South Carolina with just 15 receptions. He was not drafted in 1976 but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. He was the team’s backup tight end was a standout special teams players.
He was named captain of the special teams unit in 1977. In the NFC Championship game, a 23-6 win over Minnesota Vikings, Saldi made a fumble recovery in punt coverage. Saldi, suffering from a bruised leg muscle, was deactivated for Super Bowl XII, which the Cowboys won over the Denver Broncos, 27-10.
He spent seven seasons with the Cowboys and two seasons with the Chicago Bears. On Dec. 30, 1979, Saldi caught the final touchdown pass thrown by Roger Staubach, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Archbishop Stepinac (Class of 1963)
Bob Hyland, an offensive guard, won Super Bowl II as a member of the Green Bay Packers. The White Plains native played high school football at Archbishop Stepinac. He continued his career at Boston College and was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Packers, the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Hyland played 136 games during his 11-year career, which also included stints with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and New England Patriots.
After his playing days, Hyland returned home to White Plains, where he opened the now-defunct Sports Page pub. In 2011, Hyland campaigned for mayor of White Plains. He still lives in White Plains today.
Scarsdale High School (Class of 1974)
Rick Moser made the most of his five-year NFL career, winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and 1979.
After graduating from Scarsdale High School, the running back played college football at the University of Rhode Island, where he was a two-time first-team NCAA Academic All-American.
Moser, who primarily played special teams in his career, was drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round the 1978 NFL Draft.
He also played with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After his football career ended, Moser became an actor, landing roles in “Dazed in Confused,” “The Facts of Life,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “General Hospital,” and others.