MaxPreps Special: Ohio North-South Classic is Super Bowl launching pad

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Findlay’s Ben Roethlisberger competed in the 2000 North-South Classic.

The Civil War pitted brother against brother. Ohio’s North-South Classic features a similar struggle. The contest is the nation’s longest-running high school football all-star game and has produced players in 44 of 46 Super Bowls. Today it kicks off again.


The Civil War pitted brother against brother. Ohio’s North-South Classic features a similar struggle.

“AJ Williams…,” Mentor (Ohio)
senior and North defensive end Tom Strobel said. “He’s going to
Michigan too next year but right now I can’t wait to play against him.
This game is about bragging rights.”

And a whole lot more.

Nationwide high school football all-star games may struggle to find
their niche, but the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association
North-South Classic has a few it can call its own. The game, first held
in 1946, is the nation’s oldest-running high school football all-star
game and will contest its 67th annual edition today at 4 p.m. at Ohio
State’s Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on
SportsTimeOhio on tape-delay.

In addition to its longevity, the
North-South Classic has an alumni list that reads like roll call at the
Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Literally. Len Dawson? Check. Roger Staubach?
Check. Jack Lambert? Check. Alan Page? Check. Larry Csonka? Check. Paul
Warfield? Check. The list goes on…and so does the game’s credentials.

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