If you follow high school football long enough, there will be times when you wonder, whatever happened to this or that guy?

The WPIAL is football’s version of Mount Everest. Many great players have tried to make it to the top, but few did it with the resume’ of The Late Great Curtis Bray.

In 1987, Bray was named Gatorade National Player of the Year. He also was a Parade All-American, first-team USA Today All-American and Pennsylvania Player of the Year. Bray also was an academic All-American. In 1988, he was named the Post-Gazette High School Athlete of the Year.

“Curtis was the greatest athlete to ever grace the halls of Gateway High School,” said Terry Smith, a teammate of Bray’s on both championship Gators football teams, a former Gateway football coach and a new assistant coach at Penn State.

“He was a major recruit before there were major recruits. He played basketball and he was the best player on the court. He played football and was the national player of the year. He ran and threw the javelin farther than anyone. He could line up and run the 100 meters faster than anybody,” Smith said.

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