Future now clear for Big 33
CBS 21 SPORTS DIRECTOR JOEL D. SMITH HAS A LOOK AT HOW THE GAME WILL BE DIFFERENT WITHOUT LOSING WHAT MAKES IT LEGENDARY.
HUGE PLAYS PROPELLED JOEL DAVIS INTO BEING SELECTED A MEMBER OF THE BIG 33... HE STILL REMEMBERS THE MOMENT HE FOUND OUT.
Joel Davis says, "I was in the car with my mom, my sister and brother. My dad called me and asked if I heard the news, I said no, and when he told me, everyone in the car just got excited."
BUT THAT EXCITEMENT WAS PUT ON HOLD WHEN THE GAME'S FUTURE WAS IN DOUBT.
Big 33 Lineman, Khalique Washington remembers, "One day you were like you can do something, the next day it was gone, I was just hoping and praying I'd be able to play."
THANKS TO A $100,000 COMMITMENT FROM DAUHPIN COUNTY, THE GAME IS NOW HAPPENING AT LANDIS FIELD, INSTEAD OF HERSHEYPARK, AND IT'S NOW BEING RUN BY THE PENNSYLVANIA SCHOLASTIC FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION. IT'S GOT A NEW DATE TOO... JUNE 17TH
The coaches say they lost a few players because the dates was pushed back a couple weeks from the traditional Memorial Day kickoff. Just being named to an all star team, that's pretty special, but this game has an unmatched perfect tradition. Someone who plays at Landis field on the 17th of June, will eventually play in a Super Bowl. Executive Director Gary Cathell proudly says, "Can you believe that this all star game, has that tag that goes with it? "There's never been a SuperBowl played without a big 33 player. It just blows me away,
THE POPULAR BUDDY PROGRAM IS COMING BACK TOO.. WHERE PLAYERS HANG OUT WITH KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR THE BIG 33 WEEK.
A 60 YEAR TRADITION.. THAT WILL NOW OFFICIALLY CONTINUE.
The event is happening June 17th at 7pm.