AFTER WAITING not so patiently since June, football is now receiving its day in the 35-year sun. Here's what we mean by that . . .

After the 2011-12 basketball and 2012 baseball seasons, all-star teams for 35-year periods that honored players in the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac leagues were announced.

That time frame was picked because I'd spent each and every one of those seasons covering city high school sports for the good 'ol People Paper.

Why, you're wondering, weren't the football guys honored last winter? Because I was working for the long-gone Bulletin in the fall of 1977 and this just-completed grid season was No. 35 for the Daily News (I started here on Dec. 18, 1977).

Anyway . . .

Along the way, All-Decade teams for the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s were selected and the last overall squad was published after the '05 season; that one - a 30-year job - did include players from the '76 and '77 campaigns. Those guys have been dropped and outstanding performers from the '06 through '12 seasons have been mixed in.

As always when doing such projects, and while acknowledging that such discipline is difficult to achieve, I have tried to make decisions strictly based on what players accomplished in high school. Also, the order on previous lists was maintained, while new guys were slotted in.

More than basketball and baseball, however, football is replete with late bloomers, who get bigger and stronger and find their niche and even go on to long NFL careers.

Speaking of long NFL careers . . .

As a bonus, I have named an all-NFL team of Philly guys. The starting date for that one is also the '78 season. (Guys must have graduated in '79 or later.)

Some of the NFL players won't be found on the regular lists, and the classic example of a late bloomer is guard Jahri Evans, of the New Orleans Saints.

Evans graduated from Frankford in 2001 and an injury forced him to miss his entire senior season. He attended Bloomsburg via an academic scholarship and then-Frankford coach Tom Mullineaux told the members of Bloomsburg's staff, in effect, "Hey, you might want to check out his football skills, too."

Now, many call Evans the best guard in the NFL, and in May 2010 he received a contract worth $56.7 million.

Meanwhile, thanks again for paying attention to coverage of Philly high school sports, whether you've been around forever or are just getting started.

ALL-CITY

Players listed with final season of action)

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Ed Monaghan, Bonner, '84

L, Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter, '12

L, Marques Slocum, W. Catholic, '04

L, Tom McHugh, Judge, '82

L, Chris Conlin, McDevitt, '82

Rec., Maurice Stovall, Carroll, '01

Rec., Mike McCloskey, Judge, '78

QB, Brett Gordon, La Salle, '97

RB, Kevin Jones, O'Hara, '00

RB, Eddie Gaskins, Frankford, '97

RB, Blair Thomas, Frankford, '84

MP, Marvin Harrison, Roman, '90

MP, Joe McCourt, Roman, '00

K, Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep, '02

P, George Winslow, La Salle, '81

DEFENSE

L, Sharrif Floyd, Washington, '09

L, Burt Grossman, Carroll, '84

L, Roderick Coleman, Gratz, '94

L, Rich Schonewolf, Ryan, '84

LB, Victor Hobson, SJ Prep, '97

LB, Gene McAleer, Ryan, '92

LB, Raheem Brock, Dobbins, '96

LB, Damon Bethel, Roxborough, '88

B, Chris Flynn, Episcopal, '83

B, Chafie Fields, Mastbaum, '94

B, Bruce Perry, Washington, '98

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Mark Zataveski, McDevitt, '90

L, Jorge Oquendo, Olney, '85

L, Ryan Smith, Roxborough, '97

L, Derick Pickett, McDevitt, '88

L, Seth Betancourt, SJ Prep, '09

Rec., William Fuller, Roman, '12

Rec., Rich Drayton, Central, '86

QB, Frank Costa, SJ Prep, '89

RB, Curtis Brinkley, W. Catholic, '03

RB, Jerry Butler, Washington, '04

RB, Steve Slaton, Con.-Egan, '04

RB, Chris Downs, Malvern, '97

MP, Curtis Drake, W. Catholic, '08

K, Greg Davis, Gtn. Acad., '98

P, Brendan Carney, Malvern, '01

DEFENSE

L, Ray Kane, Carroll, '90

L, Keith Conlin, La Salle, '90

L, Colin Thompson, Wood, '11

L, Bryan Anderson, Bartram, '97

LB, Lance Johnstone, Germantown, '90

LB, Charles Way, Northeast, '89

LB, Brian Tracz, SJ Prep, '03

LB, Michael Turner, Gtn. Acad., '90

B, Ibraheim Campbell, Chest. Hill, '09

B, Marc Foster, Lincoln, '84

B, Will Parks, Germantown, '11

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Mark Nori, Gtn. Acad., '91

L, Imani Bell, Dougherty, '95

L, Jameel McClain, Washington, '02

L, Frank Taylor, Wood, '11

L, Walt Parrish, Frankford, '78

Rec., Sean Coleman, La Salle, '12

Rec., Vic Bellamy, Central, '80

QB, Rich Gannon, SJ Prep, '82

QB, Kevin Ingram, Dobbins, '79

RB, Rob Hollomon, W. Catholic, '08

RB, Desmon Peoples, Wood, '11

RB, Reggie Barnes, W. Phila., '84

MP, Courtney Batts, Penn Charter, '92

K, Nick Visco, Wood, '12

P, Ryan Winslow, La Salle, '12

DEFENSE

L, Deion Barnes, Northeast, '10

L, Kenyatta Rush, Central, '85

L, Scott Paxson, Roman, '00

L, Connor Mahoney, Malvern, '11

LB, Matt Galambos, Hav. School, '12

LB, Andy Cobaugh, SJ Prep, '89

LB, Maurice Bennett, Washington, '01

LB, Mike Hemmert, Bonner, '94

B, Terence Wiggins, McDevitt, '91

B, Derrick Downs, Malvern, '95

B, John Maddox, W. Catholic, '05

ALL-PUBLIC

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Jorge Oquendo, Olney, '85

L, Ryan Smith, Roxborough, '97

L, Jameel McClain, Washington, '02

L, Walt Parrish, Frankford, '78

L, Gary Downing, Washington, '87

Rec., Rich Drayton, Central, '86

Rec., Vic Bellamy, Central, '80

QB, Kevin Ingram, Dobbins, '79

RB, Eddie Gaskins, Frankford, '97

RB, Blair Thomas, Frankford, '84

RB, Jerry Butler, Washington, '04

MP, Paul Northern, Bartram, '97

K, Dave Parkinson, Northeast, '84

P, Jake Wright, Washington, '12

DEFENSE

L, Sharrif Floyd, Washington, '09

L, Roderick Coleman, Gratz, '94

L, Bryan Anderson, Bartram, '97

L, Deion Barnes, Northeast, '10

LB, Raheem Brock, Dobbins, '96

LB, Damon Bethel, Roxborough, '88

LB, Lance Johnstone, Germantown, '90

LB, Charles Way, Northeast, '89

B, Chafie Fields, Mastbaum, '94

B, Bruce Perry, Washington, '98

B, Marc Foster, Lincoln, '84

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Oliver Strickland, W. Phila, '87

L, Mark Hrubar, Central, '88

L, Charles Kennedy, Bok, '99

L, Eric Leaks, Frankford, '80

L, Damone Jones, Central, '98

Rec., Keita Crespina, Lincoln, '88

Rec., Kenyatta Carter, Olney, '93

Rec., Uhuru Hamiter, Mastbaum, '90

QB, Marc Baxter, Mastbaum, '90

QB, Tim DiGiorgio, Frankford, '12

RB, Reggie Barnes, W. Phila., '84

RB, David Williams, Imhotep, '12

MP, Jerrod Washington, Central, '88

MP, David Carter, Franklin, '95

K, Tim Freiling, Northeast, '08

P, Will McFillin, Washington, '08

DEFENSE

L, Kenyatta Rush, Central, '85

L, Irvin Sigler, Washington, '93

L, Justin Moody, Washington, '12

L, Brian Ramsey, Frankford, '81

LB, Maurice Bennett, Washington, '01

LB, Angel Moultair, Germantown, '99

LB, Chris Spence, Frankford, '07

LB, Julian Graham, Bartram, '94

B, Will Parks, Germantown, '11

B, Ed Bowman, Mastbaum, '96

B, Arnold Mullins, Frankford, '03

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Terrance Cook, Frankford, '98

L, Tauheed Smith, Frankford, '09

L, Yaroslav Mukha, Northeast, '05

L, Raymond Harris, Frankford, '95

L, Brandon Chudnoff, Washington, '10

Rec., Je'Ron Stokes, Northeast, '08

Rec., Richard Drayton, Central, '11

QB, Andre Davis, Dobbins, '98

RB, Marcus Godfrey, Mastbaum, '95

RB, Kevin Duckett, Northeast, '78

RB, Lamone Fox, Northeast, '05

MP, Kevin McCoy, Frankford, '86

MP, Sharif Smith, Furness, '11

K, Roger Price, Washington, '00

P, Jim Wark, Washington, '88

DEFENSE

L, Jihad Ward, Bok, '11

L, Tyree Dudley, Frankford, '06

L, Heleaince Gates, Del-Val, '10

L, Dave Gonser, Washington, '04

L, Cornelius Bunch, Central, '04

LB, Steve Kelly, Washington, '80

LB, Manny Carlis, Bartram, '83

LB, Ken Coffin, Germantown, '79

B, Bruce Carthon, Lincoln, '78

B, Kalif Walker, Frankford, '08

B, Michael Baldwin, Dobbins, '00

ALL-CATHOLIC

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Ed Monaghan, Bonner, '84

L, Marques Slocum, W. Catholic, '04

L, Tom McHugh, Judge, '82

L, Chris Conlin, McDevitt, '82

L, Mark Zataveski, McDevitt, '90

Rec., Maurice Stovall, Carroll, '01

Rec., Mike McCloskey, Judge, '78

QB, Brett Gordon, La Salle, '97

RB, Kevin Jones, O'Hara, '00

RB, Curtis Brinkley, W. Catholic, '03

RB, Steve Slaton, Con.-Egan, '04

MP, Marvin Harrison, Roman, '90

MP, Joe McCourt, Roman, '00

K, Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep, '02

P, George Winslow, La Salle, '81

DEFENSE

L, Burt Grossman, Carroll, '84

L, Rich Schonewolf, Ryan, '84

L, Ray Kane, Carroll, '90

L, Keith Conlin, La Salle, '90

L, Colin Thompson, Wood, '11

LB, Victor Hobson, SJ Prep, '97

LB, Gene McAleer, Ryan, '92

LB, Brian Tracz, SJ Prep, '03

B, Terence Wiggins, McDevitt, '91

B, John Maddox, W. Catholic, '05

B, Tim Chambers, O'Hara, '80

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Derick Pickett, McDevitt, '88

L, Seth Betancourt, SJ Prep, '09

L, Imani Bell, Dougherty, '95

L, Frank Taylor, Wood, '11

L, Brandon Arcidiacono, Wood, '11

Rec., William Fuller, Roman, '12

Rec., Sean Coleman, La Salle, '12

QB, Frank Costa, SJ Prep, '89

RB, Rob Hollomon, W. Catholic, '08

RB, Desmon Peoples, Wood, '11

RB, Corey Brown, O'Hara, '09

MP, Curtis Drake, W. Catholic, '08

K, Nick Visco, Wood, '12

P, Ryan Winslow, La Salle, '12

DEFENSE

L, Scott Paxson, Roman, '00

L, Jewhan Edwards, Roman, '07

L, Kadeem Custis, Neum.-Gor., '08

L, Matt Parkhurst, SJ Prep, '03

L, Jeff Vanak, Carroll, '00

LB, Andy Cobaugh, SJ Prep, '89

LB, Mike Hemmert, Bonner, '94

LB, T-J Waters, W. Catholic, '11

B, Daryl Robinson, N. Catholic, '06

B, Brian Quigg, McDevitt, '87

B, Kevin Forster, La Salle, '10

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Matt Lowry, O'Hara, '04

L, Mark Murphy, Egan, '83

L, Marty Lippincott, N. Catholic, '84

L, Jim Gilmore, N. Catholic, '80

L, Scott Oster, Neumann, '94

Rec., Jaelen Strong-Rankin, W. Catholic, '10

Rec., Jack Forster, La Salle, '06

QB, Rich Gannon, SJ Prep, '82

RB, Kyle Ambrogi, SJ Prep, '01

RB, Art Condodina, O'Hara, '84

RB, Marty Cull, O'Hara, '80

MP, Brandon Hollomon, W. Catholic, '10

K, Dan D'Orazio, O'Hara, '87

P, John Shay, La Salle, '91

DEFENSE

L, Michael White, Dougherty, '78

L, Nick Arcidiacono, Wood, '12

L, Manny Gonzalez, Dougherty, '92

L, Bill Haas, Wood, '82

L, Bob Arnold, McDevitt, '82

LB, Brian Mattaway, Carroll, '00

LB, Phil DiMaria, McDevitt, '87

LB, Michael Bazemore, W. Catholic, '00

LB, Rockeed McCarter, Roman, '05

B, Nate Smith, Wood, '11

B, Greg Castillo, SJ Prep, '07

B, Dom Joseph, Roman, '06

ALL-INTER-AC

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

L, Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter, '12

L, Mark Nori, Gtn. Acad., '91

L, Will Barker, Hav. School, '04

L, Steve Ryan, Malvern, '83

L, Michael Mooney, Malvern, '11

Rec., Dan Dougherty, Episcopal, '79

Rec., Andy Person, Episcopal, '90

Rec., Joe Price, Malvern, '08

QB, Mike Samuel, Penn Charter, '93

RB, Chris Downs, Malvern, '97

RB, Dave Stilley, Hav. School, '91

RB, Kyle Eckel, Episcopal, '99

MP, Courtney Batts, Penn Charter, '92

K, Greg Davis, Gtn. Acad., '98

P, Brendan Carney, Malvern, '01

DEFENSE

L, Dolph Tokarczyk, Episcopal, '83

L, Damon Myers, Gtn. Acad., '93

L, Fran Person, Episcopal, '00

L, Connor Mahoney, Malvern, '11

LB, Michael Turner, Gtn. Acad., '90

LB, Matt Galambos, Hav. School, '12

LB, Joe Rosati, Episcopal, "04

LB, Jim Turner, Gtn. Acad., '82

B, Chris Flynn, Episcopal, '83

B, Ibraheim Campbell, Chest. Hill, '09

B, Derrick Downs, Malvern, '95

B, Sean Grieve, Gtn. Acad., '03

ALL-CITY NFL TEAM

Players must have graduated in 1979 or later. Selection based on performance in NFL, not in high school.

OFFENSE

L, Erik Williams, Bartram, '85

L, Jahri Evans, Frankford, '00

L, Harry Swayne, Dougherty, '82

L, Dwayne White, Southern, '84

L, James Brown, Mastbaum, '86

Rec., Marvin Harrison, Roman, '90

Rec., Frank Wycheck, Ryan, '88

Rec., Anthony Becht, Bonner, '94

QB, Rich Gannon, SJ Prep, '82

RB, Kevin Jones, O'Hara, '00

RB, Blair Thomas, Frankford, '84

K, None,

P, George Winslow, La Salle, '81

DEFENSE

L, Raheem Brock, Dobbins, '96

L, Lance Johnstone, Germantown, '90

L, Burt Grossman, Carroll, '84

L, Roderick Coleman, Gratz, '94

L, Ritchie Owens, Lincoln, '89

L, Scott Paxson, Roman, '00

LB, Victor Hobson, SJ Prep, '97

LB, Jameel McClain, Washington, '02

B, Brent Grimes, Northeast, '00

B, *Lamar Campbell, St. James, '92

B, Anthony Walters, O'Hara, '05

*St. James closed in June '93. Played final season at Strath Haven. Can't be held against him.