Football

Joe Blasenstein

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Joe Blasenstein loved basketball, but when he went to West Philadelphia High School in 1956 a friend and former star football player told the football coach to recruit Joe. He started out as a 165-170 pound offensive guard and linebacker on defense. He came to like the role of the offensive guard, pulling and leading… Read more »

Larry “Reds” Cardonick

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Larry “Reds” Cardonick is considered to be one of the great high school football players to come out of the city of Philadelphia. He was the only player in Olney High School’s history and only Philadelphian honored for the 1950 All-State First Team (All-Pennsylvania-Scholastic). He also played for Germantown Academy as a guard. Larry was… Read more »

Ron Cohen

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Ron Cohen has been the head football coach at George Washington High School for the past 28 years and is the winningest coach in Philadelphia City history. A graduate of Germantown High School, he lettered in baseball, football and track. He also played football for the Temple Owls, where he earned a degree in Health… Read more »

Benedict Coren

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Ben Coren, Ed.D., was a 165-pound guard who played his position so well against many bigger opponents that he was honored many times during his collegiate football career by being named to All American and All Star teams. Legendary West Chester University coach Glen Killinger called Coren “one of the best guards I have ever… Read more »

Randy Grossman

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A star at tight end for Temple University’s football team in the early 1970s, Randy Grossman went unnoticed in the 1974 NFL draft. Signing as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he went on to play eight seasons of professional football. As a member of the Steelers during their reign of NFL supremacy in… Read more »

Bernie Lemonick

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Bernie Lemonick was a first team all-American as a member of the University of Pennsylvania football team where he played in the late 1940s and early 1950S. One of collegiate football’s premier offensive and defensive linemen, he was a participant in the 1950 East-West College All Star Game and a member of the 1951 college… Read more »

Chad Levitt

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Chad Levitt is a 1993 graduate of Cheltenham High School, where he was a varsity athlete in football, wrestling and track & field. In 1992, Levitt scored 4 touchdowns to help win 36-0 and break the school’s 10-year losing streak against Abington High School. He ended his senior year with 1601 yards establishing a new… Read more »

Richie Richman

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Richie Richman excelled in varsity football, baseball and basketball at Overbrook High School in the late 1950s. In basketball, he was a starter on a championship team with great players – Wayne Hightower, Wally Jones, Walt Hazzard and Ralph Heyward – and his team was voted one of the best high school teams ever in… Read more »

Richard Rosenbleeth

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Fittingly, Richard Rosenbleeth was born a short distance from both West Philadelphia High School and the University of Pennsylvania, for he fulfilled a boyhood dream by starring in football for each institution. From 1947 to 1950, he played tailback for West Philly High in the signature offensive formation of the era, the single wing and… Read more »

Morton Shiekman

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Morton Shiekman was born in Philadelphia in March of 1922 and at the age of fourteen tried out for and made the Overbrook High School varsity football team where he played for three years. Thus began a journey that would culminate as a draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. In 1939, he… Read more »