Four William Floyd High School seniors – Gary Anderson, Jordan Clinton, Nick Silva and Keith Winfrey – will suit up one more time on the high school gridiron as the best players on Long Island face off against the best players in New York City in the 24th annual Empire Challenge on Friday, June 14 at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University.
The Empire Challenge, founded by former NFL quarterback, current CBS analyst, and co-chairman of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF), Boomer Esiason, the game is a way to raise money and awareness for BEF’s fight against cystic fibrosis as well as support local youth football. Kickoff is at 7 pm and tickets are still available. If you cannot make the game, it will air on Saturday, June 29 at 3 pm on the CBS Sports Network.
All four of these student-athletes have committed to play football in the fall at the collegiate level. Gary Anderson will be attending SUNY Cortland, Jordan Clinton will attend ASA Junior College in Brooklyn, Nick Silva is going to Utica College and Keith Winfrey will be attending Stony Brook University.
This group of student athletes is also no stranger to success winning various accolades throughout their high school careers including several top honors for the 2018 fall season. Keith Winfrey was named to the USA Today 2018 All-USA New York Football Team (First Team). Winfrey along with Nick Silva (linebacker) were also selected to the New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) 2018 Class AA All-New York State team for defense (First Team). Gary Anderson (defensive lineman) and Jordan Clinton (defensive back) earned All-New York State Second Team accolades for defense.
Additionally, Jordan Clinton received the NFL’s National Football Foundation Receiver Award given to the most outstanding receiver in Suffolk County. Keith Winfrey, Gary Anderson and Nick Silva were named to Newsday’s 2018 All-Long Island First Team and Jordan Clinton earned Newsday All-Long Island Second Team honors.