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Demetrius Hart

Without question, Demetrius Hart graduated Dr. Phillips as the best Football  Dee Hartplayer in school history, with the records and awards to prove it.  Dee was one of only a handful of players to start a varsity game as a freshman and when his opportunity came, he seized it.  Against Cypress Creek in 2007, Hart  rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and there wasn't a spectator in the stands that didn't realize right then a star was born.  Three years later, Dee Hart shattered 23 school records, scored a state record 50 touchdowns in his senior season (2010), earned the Class 6A Player of the Year, was named a US Army All-American and National Player of the Year.  In the prestigious Army All-American Bowl, Dee became the first player in the history of the game to rush for over 100 yards on his way to game MVP honors. 

Hart's records at Dr. Phillips include career marks for rushing (4,151), points scored (518), touchdowns (88) and all-purpose yards (7,405).  He also owns season records for rushing (2,224), 100+ yard rushing games (12), 200+ yard rushing games (3), points (300), all-purpose yards (3,394) and return touchdowns (5).  Individual game records include most rushing yards (248), touchdowns (6) longest run (89) and longest kickoff return (100).  In three years as a starter, Dee Hart led the Panthers to three straight Metro Conference titles, three straight District Championships, a State Runner-Up finish in 2010, and a 35-4 record over three years, not coincidentally, the best stretch in school history.

All his records aside, nothing comes close to Dee Hart's charismatic smile and magnetic personality.  His will to win was second to none but it was always balanced by impeccable character and sportsmanship.  Dee was named Dr. Phillips High School's Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 2011 and signed a full scholarship to play football at the University of Alabama where he has earned consecutive National Championship rings in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Dee Hart graduated from Alabama and transferred to Colorado State University where he rushed for nearly 1,275 yards, scored 16 touchdowns and earned second team All-Mountain West Conference honors after leading the Rams to a 10-3 record. In January, 2015, Hart elected to forego his final year of eligibility and declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. Demetrius Hart was elected to the Dr. Phillips High School Hall of Fame in May, 2014.

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