The Big 33 Football Classic is the Super Bowl of High School Football All-Star Games

big 33

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.

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.

Watch Big 33 LIVE

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.

Pennsylvania Big 33 Roster

Maryland Big 33 Roster

Kickoff is set for 2 o’clock Eastern Time.

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.