1. Game away from 400 as a head coach for Mount Carmel’s Frank Lenti, who is second all-time in wins (339) and first in state titles (11).
2. Heisman Trophy winners who played high school football in Illinois. Evanston’s Clint Frank and Fenwick’s Johnny Lattner.
3. Number worn by Steinmetz grad Tony Canadeo. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is one of five Packers to have his number retired.
4. Straight Super Bowls coached for South Shore grad and Pro Football HOF coach Marv Levy with the Bills.
5. NFC championship games reached by Mount Carmel graduate Donovan McNabb, the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft by the Eagles. Holds many team records, including victories.
6. Fewest points scored in an IHSA title game or the Prep Bowl. Four Prep Bowls have ended 6-0, most recently in 1957. Two state title games ended by that score: the 1980 6A game (Gordon beat Reavis) and the 1981 1A game (Aquin beat Maroa-Forsyth).
7. Number worn by Crane grad, Bears founder and football HOF member George Halas, who led team to six NFL titles in 40 seasons.
8. State titles won by Addison Driscoll, including a state record seven in a row from 2001-07.
9. State record for fewest wins by a team playing for an IHSA title. Four teams entered the title game with nine wins: East St. Louis (1979, 5A), Immaculate Conception (2008, 2A) and Montini (2009, 5A) won. Glenbard North (2007, 8A) lost to Naperville North to become the only team to play for a championship, yet finish the year with single-digit wins.
10. Pro Bowls played in by Crane grad Leo Nomellini, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and the 49ers’ first-ever draft pick.
11. Shutouts by Monmouth Yorkwood in 1983, a single-season record.
13. Number worn by Oak Park grad, former Bear George Trafton, a Pro Football HOF who is credited as being the first center to snap the ball with one hand.
14. Jersey number worn by Waukegan product, Pro Football HOF QB Otto Graham.
15. Consecutive shutouts by Pittsfield (1969-71), a state record.
16. Former high school players from Illinois in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
17. State championship appearances by Joliet Catholic, which has won 13, a state record. Tied for appearances record with Mount Carmel (12 titles).
18. Birth year of Mooseheart grad and former Marmion football coach Nick Kerasiotis, who played 10 games with the Bears in the 1940s. Kerasiotis played with Jackie Robinson in the 1941 college all-star football game against the Bears.
19. Field goals made by Lincoln-Way Central's Jake Wieclaw in 2006, a state record. Wieclaw, who also holds the career record (48), graduated in 2008.
20. Most catches in the single game. Shared by St. Patrick's Guy DiBalsamo (Oct. 22, 2010) and Carbondale's Shamarc Bursey (Sept. 20, 2013).
(19)21. Year Lane grad and Pro Football HOF Fritz Pollard became the first black coach in NFL history (Akron Pros). He was one of the first two black players in the league the year before for the Pros.
22. Career collegiate wins for quarterback Brett Basanez, a Northwestern record. The St. Viator alum accounted for 11,576 yards of total offense, another Wildcat record, and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2005. Finished career with 32 Northwestern records, most notably career passing yards, total offense, completions and passing TDs.
23. TD catches by Kyle Prater, a 5-star recruit from Proviso West, in his senior season (2009).
25. Number Garrett Wolfe wore with the Bears. Wolfe, a 5-foot-7 running back who attended Fenwick and Holy Cross before Northern Illinois, was the 93rd pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He ran for 5,722 yards with 57 touchdownsin three years with the Huskies, where he was named an All-American. He also owns six Huskie all-time records.
26. State record for most sacks in one season, by Schaumburg’s Adam Sesso in 1999. That season alone puts Sesso fifth on the state’s all-time sacks list.
27. Points scored in one NFL game in 1923 by Evanston product John “Paddy” Driscoll, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cardinal and Bear.
28. Passes intercepted by Tolono Unity’s Jason Henry from 1996-97, a state record. Henry is the only player in IHSA history to pick off at least 12 passes in two different seasons. He was named second-team All-State by the Tribune in 1997.
(19)29. First year Loyola graduate Bert Metzger won a national championship as an offensive guard at Notre Dame. The College Football HOFer weighed 152 pounds, diminutive enough to earn the nickname ‘watch-charm guard.’ He was named an All-American in 1930 — Knute Rockne’s last season — as the Irish won another national title.
30. Number of playoff appearances for Simeon, more than any other Public League team. The Wolverines have never played for a state title. Thirty playoff trips without a title-game appearance is a state record.
31. Playoff games in each class of the IHSA state tournament. There are 16 first-round games, 8 second-round games, 4 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals and 1 state title game. That format has been used since 1985, when the playoffs expanded from 16 teams to 32 per class.
32. IHSA record for most years between state titles for one team. Metamora won Class 3A in 1975, then lost six title games before its next crown in 2007 (5A).
33. Touchdowns scored by Staunton in a 233-0 win over Gillespie in 1923, both state records.
34. Number worn by Niles West, Illinois product Rashard Mendenhall in 5 seasons with the Steelers. First-round pick ran for 4,236 yards in 6 NFL seasons.
35. Number worn by Austin grad Pete Pihos, a Pro Football Hall of Famer for the Eagles who caught the winning TD pass in the 1949 NFL championship game.
36. Most single-game rushing attempts by Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (MAC Championship, Nov. 30, 2012). The Mount Carmel alum and 2013 Heisman finalist scored 100 touchdowns – 51 passing, 48 rushing, 1 receiving – in his Huskie career. Lynch ranks second on NIU's career total offense list.
(19(37. Year Austin High and Northwestern grad Bill DeCorrevont scored nine TDs on 10 carries against McKinley. He also kicked 3 PATs in the game for 57 points. His nine TDs are a Public League record. DeCorrevont had 3 TDs and 10 interceptions in five pro seasons with the Redskins, Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears.
38. Touchdowns scored by Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson in his senior season. The Northwestern-bound Jackson was named the 2013 Tribune Player of the Year. He amassed 6,584 yards and 84 touchdowns in his three-year varsity career.
39. Career sacks by Leyden’s Jon Kowalyshen, a state record.
40. Number worn by Joliet Catholic grad in high school and the NFL. Alstott played in 6 Pro Bowls with the Buccaneers and scored the first Super Bowl TD in Tampa Bay history in 2002, a 48-21 win over the Raiders.
41. IHSA state title games played before a team with two losses won a championship. Brother Rice (11-2) beat Reavis 14-0 for the 1981 Class 6A crown.
42. (to 3) Touchdown-to-interception ratio for 2010 Tribune Player of the Year, Wheaton South’s Reilly O’Toole.