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You make the call for the All-WNY 50th

Today we've kicked off the countdown to the 50th anniversary All-Western New York football team. Now it's your turn to call an audible and let us know what you think.

Check out the story that outlines our plan to pick an all-time all-star team, and read today's "Gridiron Greats" story I wrote about the best players I've covered from 1999 to this season. It's the first in a weekly series which looks back at All-Western New York football through the reporters who helped pick the teams: Larry Felser, Bob DiCesare, Mike Harrington and Allen Wilson, among others, will offer their insights on their time covering high school football. Also, continue to visit this blog as we document, debate and discuss the best from different eras, regions and positions.

By the time the 2007 teams are battling in the postseason, we'll publish our 50th anniversary team.

Want to see all the candidates? Check out the complete list of All-Western New York first teams from 1958 to 2006.

Who's the best quarterback? The top running backs? We'll be picking every position, from two sets of linemen to a kicker and punter. Let us know who you think is the best, and why. Or try to match wits with us and pick a 25-man all-time team. Here's a roster sheet that has the same guidelines we're working off of: one quarterback, three running backs, two wide recievers, five offensive linemen, one place-kicker, four defensive linemen and three linebackers (or vice versa), four defensive backs, one punter and one utility player.

We want to hear from current and former coaches and players as well as high school football fans from Albion to Wilson and everywhere in between -- or anywhere else in the world Western New Yorkers have ended up. Let us know what you think and help us make one tough tackle.

-- Keith McShea

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