ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Matt Costello, senior wide receiver and defensive back of the Everett High Crimson Tide, is the recipient of its inaugural “Mr. Football” award, to be presented annually to the top high school football player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Football award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Costello will be honored before tonight's Patriots-Jets Monday Night Football game at Gillette Stadium along with his family. Patriots legend and ESPNBoston.com analyst Tedy Bruschi will present the trophy to Costello before kickoff in an on-field ceremony.
“We are honored that Matt Costello will forever be associated with the presentation of the first Mr. Football award in Massachusetts,” said co-editor Scott Barboza. “Matt not only has exhibited that he is among the elite football talents in all of New England, but he is also a leader to his team and among the top of his class academically. There's no finer example of what a Mr. Football embodies.”
Costello helped to lead the Crimson Tide to their eighth Super Bowl championship with a 31-7 victory over Catholic Conference champion St. John's Prep Saturday at Gillette Stadium. While completing Everett's undefeated season in Division I, Costello hauled in 11 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns on the state's biggest stage. He finished the 2010 season with 76 catches for 1,301 yards and 23 touchdowns, while contributing to quarterback Jonathan Dibiaso's state single-season record 43 touchdown passes.
"Of all the high school football players we’ve watched this year, Matt Costello was certainly among the elite," said co-editor Brendan Hall. "He was the total package -- best route-runner I've ever seen, and one of the best deep ball threats to come through this state in a long time. His stats reflect that. And when coupled with his standing in the classroom and community, this was pretty much a shoo-in."