It’s official, for the 49th straight Super Bowl there will be a Big 33 alum on the field, no matter which teams square-off in Glendale, Arizona on February 1st.
The Big 33 Classic is what I consider America’s best all-star high school football game that is played annually in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 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. Currently Pennsylvania is in a five-year deal playing Maryland all-stars. The current series began in 2013, ending a 19-year series between PA and Ohio.
Heading into this Sunday’s NFL conference championship games, each of the four remaining teams have a Big 33 alum on their rosters, which means Super Bowl XLIX will have a Big 33 alum on each team. Of course, that’s barring an injury.
Green Bay Packers – A.J. Hawk (Centerville HS, OH) Micah Hyde (Fostoria HS, Ohio) and Joe Madsen (Chardon HS, Ohio)
Indianapolis Colts – A.Q. Shipley (Moon HS, PA)
New England Patriots – Darrelle Revis (Aliquippa HS, PA)
Seattle Seahawks – Garry Gilliam (Milton Hershey HS, PA) and Jordan Hill (Steelton-Highspire HS, PA)