Big 33’s Super Bowl Streak continues

by Jeff Fisher

Big 33 Classic All-Star high school football gameIt’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.

Below are the seven Big 33 alums that will be playing in the NFC Championship game between Seattle and Green Bay and the AFC Championship game between New England and Indianapolis.

Green Bay PackersA.J. Hawk (Centerville HS, OH) Micah Hyde (Fostoria HS, Ohio) and Joe Madsen (Chardon HS, Ohio)
Indianapolis ColtsA.Q. Shipley (Moon HS, PA)
New England PatriotsDarrelle Revis (Aliquippa HS, PA)
Seattle SeahawksGarry Gilliam (Milton Hershey HS, PA) and Jordan Hill (Steelton-Highspire HS, PA)

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.