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We told you we had some crazy Skins facts, well here they are!

(Page three of three)

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It's all relative:  We were going over the Hall of Fame list and we suddenly thought:

Hey – are some of these guys related?  Sure enough, they are (as in, they’re brothers, fathers and sons and even cousins).  Kicking it all off, here’s a list of brothers who played for Neshaminy’s “grid eleven” over the years and then made it into the football Hall of Fame (listed alphabetically by last name): 

                             

Chris Bahr

Matt Bahr

1968-70

1972-73

Kicker

Kicker

Bob Barr

Jerry Barr

1960-62

1963-65

RB/DB

RB/DB

Fred Conger

Charlie Conger

1963-65

1969-71

OL

OL

Pete Cordelli, Jr.

Bruce Cordelli

Mark Cordelli

1969-71

1978-79

1980-81

QB

QB

QB

Herb Cummings

Robert Cummings

1957-60

1960-62

OL

OL

James Dumont

Robert Dumont

1976-78

1976-78

LB

LB/E

Vance Forchetti

Dale Forchetti

1968-70

1969-72

DL/LB

E/DB

Ed Kaminski

Billy Kaminski

1959-61

1962-64

RB

RB

Joe Lukens

Richard Lukens

1942-44

1944-46

LB

RB

Rich McHale

Bruce McHale

1963-65

1969-71

DL

OL/E/LB

Doug Mason

Rick Mason         

1967-68

1981

QB

C

Dan Meier

Jamie Meier

Tom Meier

1969-71

1973-75

1975-76

DL

RB

QB

Steve Pyle

Dave Pyle

1962-64

1969-71

DL

DL/LB

Tom Stricker

Jack Stricker

1955-57

1958-60

RB

RB

Steve Sroba

Joe Sroba

1967-69

1970-72

RB

RB

 

Pretty neat, huh?  Fourteen sets of brothers (and nice job by the Cordelli and Meier boys too as they each managed to put three each on the “Wall”). 

Thinking about this section again, maybe we should have called this one Brothers In Arms.  What do you think?

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It’s All Relative – Part II:  Well if you liked the “brothers” connection – how about fathers and sons!  Yup – we have a few of them too (not many – but here they are):

Pete Cordelli, Sr.

Pete Cordelli, Jr.

Bruce Cordelli

Mark Cordelli

1958-67

1969-71

1978-79

1980-81

The Dad

A Son

Another Son

Another Son

Marlowe Covington

Stan Covington

1932-34

1952-54

The Dad

The Son

Bruce Sauerbry

Terry Sauerbry

1964-66

1986-88

The Dad

The Son

John Swartz, Sr.

John Swartz, Jr.    

1955-72

1968-70 

The Dad

The Son

Wow.  Those Cordellis sure piled it on.  And speaking of piling it on – as far as we know not only can they claim a tie with the Meier clan for most “boys” in the football Hall of Fame (three each) but the Cordellis can take the “family” title with four in total when “Pops” is thrown in the mix.  One other point we should make as to this father/son thing, both the Cordelli bunch and the Swartz connection feature a Dad who was a coach (both were assistant coaches under John Petercuskie before enjoying their time as a head coach after Petercuskie’s departure).  As to the Covington and Sauerbry clans, both the patriarchs and offspring were players (the Covingtons were offensive ends while Papa Bruce Sauerbry was an offensive lineman as was son, Terry).

Pretty cool.

Oh jeez!  We almost forgot.  There’s one more category – cousins.  That’s right – cousins.  There are two sets.  Anyway, the drum roll please – and here’s the last two guys: 

Tom Lauther

Rich Lauther

1951-53

1960-62

(LB)

(E)

Bob Rothenbach

Ed Fiorelli

1952-54

1959-61

(C)

(E)

 “But they’re cousins, identical cousins all the way – one pair of matching bookends, different as night and day!”  (Anybody recall that song at the beginning of The Patty Duke Show?)

Okay, back to business (and finally), so we don’t appear callous and uncaring, we’d like to give a special tip o’ the hat to the Moms who provided the sons – and put up with the husbands – because without them, well, we wouldn’t have much to talk about.  Thank you ladies!  Oh – one other thing.  We heard that there might be and uncle/nephew link.  We’re looking into that possibility (we’ll get back to you if it pans out).

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