Flashback Friday: Buzz Aldrin – Montclair High School (New Jersey)

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I remember it like it was yesterday. I just had my tonsils removed and I was eating ice cream to dull the pain, but I was mesmerized by a couple of guys about to do something incredible.

The date? July 20, 1969.

What I didn’t know until today is the second man to step on the moon was was a high school football player.

Buzz Aldrin played center on the 1946 Montclair High School (New Jersey) that was a perfect 9-0. Aldrin was named to the Montclair Times’ Second Team All-Star squad.

Montclair Times – Buzz Aldrin #28

Aldrin anchored an offensive line that led the way to 1,630 yards on the ground for the season and 1,013 yards through the air.

From Montclair Times via Newspapers.com

Aldrin closed-out his high school football career with a 58-0 shutout of Thanksgiving Day arch-rival Bloomfield. Two years earlier (1944), Bloomfield was quarterbacked by future Denver Broncos QB Frank Tripuka, who after their high school days became friends.

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