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Rival Footballers Suit Up For Same Team And It Won't Be The Last Time

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Representation from the West includes Tommy Spinelli ( third from left), next to him Pete Taylor and Rory DeLuca ( third from right). Credits: Jacki Spinelli
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EAST HANOVER, NJ- Three of Morris County's elite high school football stars will take to the field as teammates in the Robeson Classic this June.

In 1994, the first ever Robeson East West All Star Football Classic was held to honor New Jersey native Paul Robeson, a two time Rutgers Scarlet Knights All-American and valedictorian of his class in 1918. He went on to earn a law degree from Columbia University while simultaneously playing for the NFL. A man of many talents, Robeson was also an internationally known opera singer and a civil rights activist. In 1976 Robeson died at the age of 77. Even now, 46 years later, Robeson's legacy lives on in New Jersey and continues to honor some of the state's best footballers.

This June will be the 24th annual Robeson Classic and some local boys will get on the field again, for the first time as teammates. Morris Country representation includes Hanover Park’s running back & middle line backer Rory DeLuca, West Morris Mendham’s full back & outside line backer, Tommy Spinelli and West Morris Central’s corner back & wide receiver Pete Taylor. All three boys will also suit up in cardinal and grey for Muhlenberg Football this fall.  More game details TBA.

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