Big 33 Super Bowl Streak extended to 52 straight

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One of high school football’s most amazing streaks lives!

For the 52nd straight Super Bowl, there will be at least Big 33 alum playing for an NFL championship.  Super Bowl LII’s Big 33 alums are New England Patriots’ back-up quarterback Brian Hoyer, and Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski and linebacker Najee Goode.

For those of you not familiar with the Big 33, it’s an all-star high school football game played in Pennsylvania since 1957.  Over the years, Pennsylvania all-stars have squared-off against all-star teams from Maryland, Ohio and Texas. On other occasions, Pennsylvania has faced an all-USA team.

Below is video from Hoyer, who played at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius (Ohio) in the 2004 Big 33 game, which is now run by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.

Wisniewski of Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania) played in the 2007 Big 33 game, while Goode played in 2013 while representing Benedictine High School (Ohio)

The streak started when Pro Football Hall of Famer Herb Adderley played for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I.  Adderley was a Big 33’er from Northeast High School in Philadelphia.  Adderley was a great three-sport athlete in high school, having been named All-City in football, baseball and basketball.

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