As we mentioned last week, the Big 33 Classic streak of having at least one alum playing the Super Bowl is alive-and-well for No. 54. Sunday, it became official with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers having two players each heading to Miami, Florida for Super Bowl LIV in two weeks.
Kansas City representatives will be backup quarterback Chad Henne of West Lawn’s Wilson High School (Pennsylvania) and Chiefs’ General Manager Brett Veach, who played at Mt. Carmel High in Pennsylvania. Veach played in the 1997 game, while Henne played in 2004.
On the other sideline will be 49ers’ kicker Robbie Gould, who played in the 2001 game after graduating from Central Mountain (Pennsylvania) and defensive tackle Kevin Givens, who played in the 2015 contest after his high school days at Altoona High (Pennsylvania).
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.
The streak started when Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Herb Adderley played for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I. Adderley was a Big 33’er from Northeast High School in Philadelphia.