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Bo Orlando announced as 2023 Big 33 Honorary Chairman

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| March 8, 2023


Berwick Football’s History is rich and runs deep throughout Pennsylvania. But when you ask the general public who is the greatest Berwick Bulldog of all time, many would point to Bo Orlando. After playing nine years in the NFL, Orlando returned to his old stomping grounds in Berwick Pennsylvania. In 2019, Orlando became the Athletic Director at Berwick. His impact on athletics is engrained in the town for the past 40 years.

Orlando was a Quarterback in High School, along with a Defensive Back. He led Berwick to a perfect 13-0 record and the overall #1 High School team in the nation on USA Today’s ranking.

Bo’s high school career culminated with being selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic. He joins 36 other Berwick players who have been selected for the game.  Today that honor came full circle as the Big 33 named him the honorary Chairman for this years game.

After high school, Bo went on to play Defensive Back at West Virginia and helped them to an undefeated record in 1988. He also is a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.  After his time in college was finished, he was drafted in sixth round by Houston Oilers and played there from 1989-1994. He then played for the San Diego Chargers in 1995, the Cincinnati Bengals in 1996 & 1997 and finished his pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.

Orlando had high regard when talking about the Big 33. It was the big thing that we wanted to get to when we were kids, and now to be Chairmen is definitely special”  Orlando said he was “surprised” when he first got the nomination. He also has respect for the past honorary Chairmen.” I mean look at that list of guys, players I played against, Hall of Famers, to be in that group is special” Said Orlando.

Orlando is mostly looking forward to interacting and meeting up with some fellow High School Stars. Orlando said, “It’s like we’re warriors, like war veterans, obviously we are not in war but everyone that spent time on that field can bond. It’s like a fraternity, we all did our time, and it’s nice to look back on it. The comradery is the most special thing to me”

The Annual Big 33 game will kick off on Sunday, May 28th at the home of Bishop Mcdevitt at 7 PM.


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