The Big 33 Football Classic is an all-star American football game featuring the top high-school football players in Pennsylvania. Played since 1957, the game is often described as the "Super Bowl of High School Football." Contests currently pit players from Pennsylvania against players from Maryland, but opponents in the past have also included players from Ohio and Texas. Recent games have been held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
While the game was originally played with the best 33 players in each state (hence its name), the organizers added a 34th player to give kickers a chance to be separate of the 33 count as to give one more non-kicker a chance to be named to the Big 33. Thus, there are 34 players from each state who are invited to play in this game on the original roster. If there are players that are selected are unable to play, the staff of the team and the Big 33 will select other players to fill their places on the roster.
In 2006 the game was moved from mid-late July to mid-late June due to the NCAA rule changes that made some coaches prohibit many players from these teams from playing in the game due to the closeness of the upcoming summer practices.
In October 2012 it was announced that Pennsylvania had dropped Ohio from the BIG 33 game and replaced them with Maryland.
|Pennsylvania Blue||Pennsylvania Gray||1963|
|East Pennsylvania||West Pennsylvania||1961–62, 1968–71, 1977–84|
|1957||Herb Adderley||CB||3× Super Bowl Champion (I, II, VI)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1980)
|1961||Joe Namath||QB||Super Bowl champion (III)
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1985)
|1973||Tony Dorsett||RB||Super Bowl Champion XII|
|1974||Joe Montana||QB||4× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)|
|1978||Jim Kelly||QB||Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2002)|
|Dan Marino||QB||1984 NFL MVP (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, MX)
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2005)
|1987||Ricky Watters||RB||Super Bowl champion (XXIX)|
|Kerry Collins||QB||2× Pro Bowl (1996, 2008)|
|Marvin Harrison||WR||Super Bowl champion (XLI)|
|Curtis Martin||RB||Pro Football Hall of Fame (2012)|
|Ty Law||CB||3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)|
|Orlando Pace||OT||Super Bowl champion (XXXIV)|
|1995||Darnell Dinkins||TE||Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)|
|1997||LaVar Arrington||LB||3× Pro Bowl (2001, 2002, 2003)|
|Zach Strief||OT||Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)|
|Bob Sanders||SS||Super Bowl champion (XLI)|
|Brett Veach||WR||Kansas City Chiefs Scout|
|2000||Ben Roethlisberger||QB||2× Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII)|
|Marlin Jackson||CB/S||Super Bowl champion (XLI)|
|Ted Ginn Jr.||WR|
|2005||Mario Manningham||WR||Super Bowl Champion (XLVI)|