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Steve Breaston and Big Ben keep Big-33 streak alive

Written by: on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver/kick returner Steve Breaston and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger helped keep an impressive streak intact when each appear in Super Bowl 43 a week from Sunday.

Both Breaston and Big Ben played in the prestigious Big-33 Football Classic, which is recognized as one of the nation’s best high school football all-star games.  Their appearances mean that there has been at least one Big-33 alum in every Super Bowl, quite an impressive feat to say the least.

Breaston, recall, was a standout athlete at Woodland Hills High School.  His 281 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns helped Pennsylvania defeat Ohio in the 2002 game, 40-17.  For his efforts, Breaston was named Pennsylvania’s MVP.

In his senior year (2001), he was the main catalyst in the Wolverines’ WPIAL championship and run to Hershey, which ended in a muddy 21-7 defeat to Neshaminy. 

Woodland Hills entered the 2001 state title game ranked #3 in the nation, according to the USA-Today.  A year later, Woodland Hills reached the state title game again, ranked #7 in the nation, but fell to Parkland 34-12.

This all came in the midst of a four-year period in which the Wolverines boasted an overall record of 52-4 (.928) and won three WPIAL titles.

Roethlisberger played in the Big-33 Classic at quarterback for the Ohio squad before attending Miami (OH).  He finished his senior year for the Hawks with a 13-1 record, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 52nd Big-33 Classic will be played June 20th at Hersheypark Stadium.  And only time will tell which players from this edition keep the Super Bowl streak going.

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