If you disagree with the headline of this story, then you don’t know the story behind the Big 33 Classic high school football all-star game that will be played between Pennsylvania and Maryland at Landis Field in Harrisburg Monday afternoon.
The reason I call the Big 33 game the Super Bowl of high school football all-star games is simple — there’s NEVER been a Super Bowl without a former Big 33 player on one of the team’s rosters. The most incredible streak in high school football continued in February when two Big 33 alums — New England Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and Los Angeles Rams and cornerback John Johnson III — were on the rosters for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Monday’s game marks the 62nd Big 33 Classic. It began in 1957 and through 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 squad.
🇺🇸🇺🇸 A very special shout out to our active military and veterans on this Memorial Day! 🇺🇸🇺🇸 We celebrate you and value the sacrifices you make for us. We hope to see you at the game –– kickoff is at 2:00 pm. Vets & active military are free. https://t.co/bDrntILZc7 for info. pic.twitter.com/Izx5vtvRx6— PSFCA BIG33 Football Classic (@psfcabig33) May 27, 2019
On this Memorial Day, we are kicking it off at Big 33 with our Marine “MURPH” Competition! We have a full day of Veterans & Military Appreciation so come out to join us at Landis Field all day! 🇺🇸🏈🇺🇸 #Big33 Happy #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/R3W8yq9hwa— PSFCA BIG33 Football Classic (@psfcabig33) May 27, 2019
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. Adderley was a great three-sport athlete in high school, having been named All-City in football, baseball and basketball.
Maryland won last year’s contest 9-6, which snapped a three-game Pennsylvania win streak.
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Below are links to the rosters for this year’s game. Who knows which player or players will help extend the Super Bowl streak in the future.
Kickoff is set for 2 o’clock Eastern Time.