A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Jonathan DiBiaso
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Everett (Mass.)
Weight: 197 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: DiBiaso has led the Crimson Tide to a 12-0 record and a berth in the Division 1A Eastern Mass. Super Bowl against Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He passed for 2,731 yards and a state-record 44 touchdowns through 12 games, completing 162-of-273 passes with just six interceptions. The state’s career leader with 103 touchdown passes, DiBiaso was The Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year and a Boston Herald All-Scholastic in 2010 when he threw a then-record 43 TD passes.
Academic excellence: DiBiaso has maintained a 3.63 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: DiBiaso has volunteered locally as a Big Brother/Big Sister mentor, a peer tutor and a youth football coach.
THE PRAISE: John Dubzinski, former Everett assistant coach and current head coach of Arlington (Mass.)
“Jonathan is the hardest-working high school football player I’ve ever been around. He constantly worked to get better at every aspect of his game, and it has obviously paid off. Even to this day, he cares more about Super Bowl rings as opposed to individual statistics. The state passing record couldn’t belong to a better, harder-working kid.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
DiBiaso remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.