Organized in 1957, the Big 33 Football Classic started life that year as an honorary All-Star team meant to showcase the top 33 high school players in the state of Pennsylvania. Although no game was played in ’57, the following year of 1958 saw the PA squad take to the football field as they lined up against a team made up of star players from around the country. The Keystone boys won that first contest, 6-0, with another 6-0 win in 1959 as well. The last game against a United States All-Star squad, in 1960, ended in a 0-0 tie.
Thereafter, and just as in ’58 through ’60, the game has continued to be played on an annual basis; however, some years have seen the Pennsylvania squad take on stars from the states of Texas, Ohio or Maryland while others have seen the state split down the middle and the two squads identified as “East” or “West” (with a total of 66 players then selected to fill out the rosters for both teams). And a couple of seasons have seen the two PA teams referred to as “Blue” and Grey” rather than “East” or “West”. Still, regardless of the opponents or team names, the game has continued to attract top talent as evidenced by the fact there has never been a Super Bowl played that didn’t have at least one Big 33 alumni on the field.
Finally, with the Big 33 players representing the best of the best, Neshaminy has seen 20 of its sons selected to play in the big game through the 2014 contest. Starting with Harry Schuh in 1961, Redskins have suited up in 15 of the contests with the most recent being Luke Carrezola in the 2014 edition (several years saw multiple players from Neshaminy in the same contest). Set out below is a complete list of all the Langhorne gridders who have starred in the summer classic. They are identified by the year they played (the summer following their graduation) along with their position and the college they attended. For example Antoine Lovelace played his senior season in 1998 but played in the 1999 Big 33 game.
BIG 33 Redskins
|1961||Harry Schuh||FB||Memphis State|
|1964||Bob Baxter||FB||Memphis State|
|1966||Jim Colbert||QB||Penn State|
|1972||Dale Forchetti||WR||Southern Miss|
|1972||Chuck Lodge||C/LB||NC State/Villanova|
|1974||Matt Bahr||K||Penn State|
|2005||Kevin Kelly||K||Penn State|
|2006||Tom McEowen||DL||Penn State|
|2009||Jay Colbert||DL||New Hampshire|
|2014||Luke Carrezola||DL||University of Connecticut|