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Jimmy Barbarise– Started playing in the LIFFL in 1989 when I played my first game. Starting as “Winner Sports bar” they won the title in their very 1 season.! I was my teams captain, coach, WR and FS. He played and won championships on other teams such as Mike’s Place and others. He eventually wound up on Darkside and won a couple more. His last was in 2001. Jimmy was featured in Newsday being interviewed by Calvin Watkins on the LIFFL championship Game at Giant Stadium.Jimmy played during the Golden Era against some of the best teams in the country every single week (Park Bench, Grazio Carting etc)
Mike Lupa-Over the last 12 years Mike played 8 man A, B, and C for the Phantoms and the Strong Island 49ers. 5-Man B & A for Cash Butter Nuggets, Bogarts, and the 49ers. Mike was the team captain for the Phantoms where he led his team to (3) 8 man championships where he was named MVP in all three Super Bowls. In winning those three championships in B he was voted as offensive player of the year due to his quarterback play. He also won a 8 man A full rush championship with the Strong Island 49ers. He has also won (8) 8 man tournaments. Lastly he has won (2) 9 man A championships with the Strong Island Bulldogs. Mike has played qb, running back, wide receiver, and defensive back in his 5/8/9man career. In addition to the Fall and Spring leagues he has won a night league 8 man championship as well. All together between 8-Man & 5-Man, Mike has won 30 Championships & 6 MVP’s
Kleet-Dave Kleet– coach/RB/LB for the past 20 years. He has won tournament championships, but being one of the toughest and physical players in the league for almost 2 decades, and running a Kleet Lumber who was a team that was always at the top of the standings in the high divisions, Dave never won a LIFFL Season Championship. A few years back Dave told the Coach of the Purple People Eaters how much he hated one of the players on Purples team.. Which of course led to them merging teams. After taking another crack at 9-man a couple seasons ago, Dave joined back with Purple People Eaters last Spring and was the offensive MVP of that Championship team
Justin Crisci- OL/DL- Justin started in the LIFFL in 2004 with the Clippers. The Clippers had a long run off success in the league winning multiple championships, and dominating the 9-man division. That is because of their line. Justin is a versatile linemen that can play Center or anywhere else on O & D-Line and will dominate anyone in front of him. Justin also represents the LIFFL on the national circuit playing with teams like Main Event. Along with all of his championships, most Recently the Fall 2017 9-man championship with the Main Event Clippers, Justin was honored by the USFTL at the Nationals as being selected as an All-American on the Offense. Justin is not only a dominant player, with multiple awards, he is also a class act on the field.