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Spencer Reid reaches his goal of playing division 1-a football as he receives a scholarship from the Temple Owls. page 18






Kevin Borden used his passion for football to inspire his teammates By Jack DeVries

Two great talents equals one bright future for Ethan James By Jack DeVries


PLAYERS IN THE CROWD A FOOTBALL FAMILY BOND SINGING PROUD Youth Players from the Summer Youth Challenge By Alexa Gaudioso




Some celebrities who made an appearance at Super Bowl XLV By George Hunter




Outstanding players are recognized for their performances By Karl Mattson




College Football Awards from Disney;s Wide World of Sports. By Chuck Pizzuta

On the Cover Photograph by Arlene Higginson , Photo by Karl Mattson

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Bigtime Magazine : Issue # 207 : Bigtime Magazine features articles on the top High School, College and Professional football players. We celebrate and recognize the hard work and commitment both on and off the field. We highlight the personal traits of these Leaders of tomorrow so that they can serve as inspirational role models and mentors to all of our readers that includes over 30,000 youth, high school, college, professional players, teams, coaches, fans and alumni.

Publisher: Chuck Mound Editor: Jack Devries Art Director: Arlene Higginson Reporter: Michael Reden, DJ Sackmann, Ed Peters Photographer: Karl Mattson, George Leroy Hunter Quality Control: Anthony Corigliano Sports Information: Will Harrigan, Ed Peters Football Operations: Marty Johnson, Calvin Thompson Layout & Design: Alexa Gaudioso Web Master: Chuck Mound College Football Network Atlantic Coast Conference: Boston College, Clemson University, Florida State University, University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, Virginia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Miami, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Duke University Big East: University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, West Virginia University Big Ten: University of Illinois at Urbana, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison Big 12: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas Conference USA: University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Central Florida, East Carolina University, Marshall University, University of Memphis, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Houston, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at El Paso, Tulane University, University of Tulsa FBS Independent: United State Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, Brigham Young University Mid-American Conference: University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, University at Buffalo, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Temple University, Ball State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Norther Illinois University, University of Toledo, Western Michigan University Mountain West: United Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Wyoming Pacific-10 Conference: University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, University of Oregon, Stanford University, University of California- Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Washington State University Southeastern Conference: University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi Sun Belt Conference: Arkansas State University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Middle Tennessee State University, University of North Texas, University of South Alabama, Troy University, Western Kentucky University Western Athletic Conference: California State University-Fresno, University of Hawaii- Manoa, University of Idaho, Louisiana Tech University, University of Nevada- Reno, New Mexico State University, San Jose State University, Utah State University

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A Football Family Bond


By Jack DeVries

att Parke learned about the game of foot-

ball the way many sons do, at his father’s side. “We started watching games together and throwing the ball around. I thought I was going to be a quarterback,” Parke laughs, “but that’s not working out.” Now an offensive guard for Freehold (Borough) High School, Parke, who will be a junior in the 2011 season, has a quarterback’s height but a lineman’s body and mindset. He began playing organized ball in an NFL flag league because he was too big for Pop Warner. By the seventh grade, Parke was playing in a contact league without weight limits. “At first, I felt like an outcast because I couldn’t play with my friends,” he says. “But now I know that experience was to my advantage. I played positions I normally wouldn’t have because of my size in Pop Warner, making me faster, quicker and able to chase down the ball.” By high school, Parke was reunited with his friends, playing on the freshman team. In 2010, he played about 10 quarters with the varsity, becoming part of Freehold’s Central Jersey, Group 3 state championship team as the Colonials beat Middletown South, 14-12. In the title game played at Rutgers University, Freehold took a 7-0 lead on a 25-TD pass to Rameer Wright from Sterry Codrington. After Middletown South made it 7-6, Jazzmar Clax scampered for 39 yards and a touchdown as Freehold increased its margin. The Colonials sealed their victory with an interception by senior Jesse Hunt on the game’s final pass. “It was one of the most amazing moments of my life,” Parke says. “To see it all come together – all the hard work. What a moment! When the game ended, I hugged my coach and ran out to the field. Many of us were crying because we were so happy. We took a team photo, and then piled onto the big ‘R’ on the Rutgers field.” The moment was also special for Matt’s father.

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“It was surreal,” says Tom Parke. “I remember taking Matt to see Freehold win the state championship in 2008 (also against Middletown South) when he was an eighth grader. That day, the coach told him that maybe someday he could help them win another. To see Matt out on that field during the celebration was too much.”

“IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING MOMENTS IN MY LIFE. TO SEE IT ALL COME TOGETHER-ALL THE HARD WORK. WHAT A MOMENT!” SAYS PARKE. Tom Parke also played for Freehold in 1979, impressing colleges and earning several letters of interest before a shoulder injury derailed his career. “My dad is very supportive,” Matt says. “He’s a big part of my life. We sit on the computer for hours, watching Youtube videos about linemen, talking about different drills and techniques. We’re preparing for the long haul in football – it’s a big bond between us.” The state championship for Freehold Borough ignited the town. After opening the season 0-2, Freehold reeled off 10-straight wins, and Tom Parke believes coach Mark Ciccotelli’s practices have much to do with the winning streak.

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“Our kids had incredible stamina,” Parke says. “When everybody was going in, they’d still be out there practicing. Because of those long practices, in the second halves of games, we’d be fresher than the other teams.” It’s a lesson not lost on Matt. “Right now, I’m training with Calvin Thompson for speed and agility and Mike Deppen for weight lifting and explosiveness. All my workouts are tailored toward the moves I make at the line.” In his spare time, Parke enjoys other sports and going to car shows with his father. He plans on studying sports

medicine in college. “I work hard and study in school he says. “I think I have a 3.6 GPA.” Along with school, the Parkes and the rest of Freehold Borough are focused on returning to another state championship game. “Winning was so great for the town,” says Tom Parke. “Everybody met the kids at Freehold Racetrack and escorted them back to the school. Then there was a party in the cafeteria and the parents were invited. In a town where everybody knows everybody else, it was really special. It’s what having a hometown is about.”



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SUPER behind the poise and precision od quarterback Aaron Rodgers, te Green Bay Packers took the Lombardi Trophy with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV By Chuck Mound

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ll it took was a Super Bowl victory for the Green Bay Packers. Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Pack to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary coach who won the first two Super Bowls and is making his own star turn in New York in the play named after him. Rodgers, the game's MVP, thrilled his legion of Cheesehead fans with a spectacular six-game string that should finally erase the bitterness of the Brett Favre separation in Green Bay. After sitting for three long years before Favre left in 2008, Rodgers is now equal with Favre in Super Bowl wins, and he extended the Packers' record of NFL titles to 13, nine before the Super Bowl era. "You can stop it now," veteran receiver Donald Driver said. "Aaron's proved that he's one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in this game today." You could say it means this: Forget Lombardi on Broadway, Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit. The favored Packers managed to overcome key injuries, building a 21-3 lead, then hung on to become only the second No. 6 seed to win the championship. Coincidentally, the 2005 Steelers were the BREAKOUT other. "Wow! It's a great day to be great, who caught two of Rodgers' three Rodgers threw for 304 yards, including Nelson, who had nine catches for 140 drops. Rodgers found Jennings, nor21- and 8-yard scores.

Veteran WR Antwaan Randle El was making plays for the Steelers

baby," said Greg Jennings, touchdown passes. a 29-yard touchdown to Jordy yards to make up for three big mally his favorite target, for

"We've been a team that's overcome adversity all year," Jennings said, who noted injuries to Charles Woodson and Driver. "Our head captain goes down, emotional in the locker room. Our No. 1 receiver goes down, more emotions are going, flying in the locker room. But we find a way to bottle it up and exert it all out here on the field."

Woodson was in so much pain from a broken left collarbone that he could barely address the team at halftime in the locker room. Few teams have been as resourceful as these Packers, who couldn't wait to touch the trophy honoring their greatest coach -- and their title. Several of them kissed it as Cowboys great Roger Staubach, walked through a line of green and gold, and up to the massive stage on the 50-yard line with the silver prize that is headed back to the NFL's smallest city. "That is where it belongs," linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "As long as the Packers have lived, it's going to be great to bring that back." Rodgers took the Packers to two late-season victories just to make the playoffs as a wild card. Then he guided them to wins at Philadelphia, Atlanta and archrival Chicago before his biggest achievement -- against a Pittsburgh team ranked second in defense. They barely survived a sensational rally by the Steelers, who still own the most Super Bowl rings -- six in eight

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tries. But Pittsburgh failed to get its third championship in six years, despite several valiant efforts by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger's season began with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. It ended with Roethlisberger standing on the sideline, his head down, hands on his hips, feeling something he never experienced: defeat in a Super Bowl. "I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down, the fans, my coaches and my teammates and it's not a good feeling," said Roethlisberger, who later buried his head in a towel and wept. Not even a decidedly black-and-gold crowd, with Terrible Towels swirling throughout the $1.2 billion stadium, could make a difference for the mistake-prone Steelers, who had three turnovers to none for Green Bay. Their two biggest defensive stars -- Defensive Player of the Year safety Troy Polamalu and outside linebacker James Harrison -- were virtually invisible. The offense didn't seem to miss outstanding rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, who was out with an ankle injury, but Roethlisberger only occasionally made key plays until the second half. The biggest plays were left to Rodgers, Nick Collins with

a 37-yard interception return for a TD, Jennings, Nelson, and the rest of the guys in green and gold. In the end, they gave coach Mike McCarthy his first Super Bowl victory against the team he rooted for while growing up in Pittsburgh. Besides Lombardi, Mike Holmgren won a title in 1997 with Favre. McCarthy was so certain of victory he fitted the players for championship rings on Saturday night -- a move sure to go down in Super Bowl lore. "That was just a vote of confidence for us," Woodson said. "Get fitted for your ring. I don't know when we'll get them, but it'll fit." Woodson saw the Steelers, who rallied from a 21-7 halftime hole against Baltimore three weeks ago, show the same resilience. A 37-yard catch and run by Antwaan Randle El -- an almost forgotten figure during his return season with just 22 receptions -- sparked a quick 77-yard drive. Hines Ward, the 2006 Super Bowl MVP, had 39 yards on three catches during the series, including an 8-yard TD when he completely fooled Jarrett Bush. A quick defensive stop and a 50-yard drive to Rashard Mendenhall's 8-yard touchdown run made it 21-17. But with coach Mike Tomlin's team driving for perhaps its

first lead of the game, Mendenhall was stripped at the Green Bay 33 by Clay Matthews -- one of the few plays the All-Pro linebacker made. The Packers recovered, and Rodgers hit Jennings for 8 yards and the winning points. Pittsburgh's last score was on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and a brilliant pitchout by Roethlisberger to Randle El for a 2-point conversion, making it 28-25 with 7:34 left. Mason Crosby added a 23-yard field goal for the Packers and the Steelers had no more comebacks in them like the one Roethlisberger staged to win the Super Bowl two years ago. He missed on his last three passes in the final moments. "You play to be world champions," Matthews said, "and that's what we are today." The game capped an interesting weather week in Dallas for the teams and fans alike. Snow and ice caused traffic snarls, canceled flights and caused injuries to six people when it fell from the roof of the stadium. Sunny skies and milder temperatures returned Sunday, but issues arose with seats at the game. BIGTIME Magazine



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backup nose tackle Howard Green. The ball fluttered to the Pittsburgh 37, where Collins settled under it, then scooted down the right sideline and dived into the end zone for the 13th interception return for a score. Teams doing so are now 11-0 in Super Bowls.

About 400 people with tickets couldn't be seated inside the stadium and the league offered refunds of triple the ticket price.

Needing to get busy or get buried, Pittsburgh put together a 13-play drive to Shaun Suisham's 33-yard field goal. Then, after moving well again, Roethlisberger's pass was stolen from Wallace's hands by Bush at the Pittsburgh 46.

At least the Packers and Steelers put on a terrific show after Christina Aguilera botched the lyrics to the national anthem. Rodgers hit Nelson in stride with a long pass on Green Bay's first series, but the wideout let it slide through his hands. The Pack had discovered something, though, and went back to that play for the first touchdown. Nelson beat William Gay and held on for a 7-0 lead; the Packers have scored first in all five Super Bowl appearances. Just 24 seconds later, they were ahead by 14. Throwing from his end zone, Roethlisberger's arm was hit by

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Rodgers coolly completed passes to Jennings and Nelson, James Starks ran for 12 yards as Polamalu whiffed on a tackle, then Jennings reached high and slightly behind to snag a 21-yarder over Polamalu for a 21-3 edge. "I had some opportunities to make some plays," Polamalu said. "I was just off a step here or there."


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This high school captain and all-star, who recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Temple University, has embraced the many opportunities granted to him as a part of a professional football family and with their support he has a bright future ahead of him.


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Spencer Reid: The Will to Excel


By Jack Devries

pencer Reid remembers the first time he realized he

had potential to become a good football player. “I was in the seventh grade,” he says, “playing for the King of Prussia Indians and they put me at running back. They gave me the ball and I went for 10 yards, carrying people along the way. I got the ball again on the next play. That was it – I knew. The next season, I started at running back.” Reid has been on a collision course with the game since he was a young boy. Too aggressive for soccer, he gravitated toward football, looking to emulate the example of his older brothers. Speed and athletic ability is a family birthright – his mom Tammy was a cheerleader; his paternal grandfather Walter had tried out for the U.S. Olympic track team. And there is his father, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. Now a large black-clad presence on the sidelines, the coach was once a 13 year-old participant in a Punt, Pass and Kick competition that aired during halftime of a 1971 Monday Night Football game. “That was hilarious—he was so huge,” Spencer laughs, having recently seen the video for the first time. “He looked like he’d eaten the kids behind him.” In 2011, the 5’11”, 195-pound Reid was huge on the field as a two-way player for southeastern Pennsylvania’s Harriton High School Rams, starring at running back and linebacker. Before the season, he transferred to the school from perennial powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep, seeing himself as a better fit at Harriton. Reid used his explosive speed and tackle-breaking ability to carry 143 times for 960 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Rams, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He also caught 20 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and had more than 1,500 yards rushing, receiving, and returning kicks and punts. Playing 48 minutes a game, Reid was a team captain – a role he welcomed. “The other players look up to you,” he says, “so I’d always try to look like everything was fine, even when I wasn’t having my best game.” He also made sure to encourage others, especially underclassmen. “They’re the future of our program,” he says. “Even when we were losing, I encouraged them to fight through it.” Mainline Media News described Reid as “the ultimate team guy.”


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Though the Rams had a losing season, going 3-8, the team ended the year with two big wins, including a 48-21 home victory over Great Valley – a memory Reid treasures. “Going into the game, we were nervous,” he remembers. “We didn’t know much about them – they were not in our league and were a bigger school than us, with much bigger kids. But, even though we were smaller, our line took over – they were determined.” Following up on the 52-27 win against Penncrest the week before, the Rams totaled more than 500 yards of total offense that day, with Reid carrying 16 times for 217 yards. He scored four rushing touchdowns – two on runs of 50 and 37 yards – and another TD on a pass reception. Never giving up, whatever the obstacle or opponent, was a lesson Reid learned watching his father’s Eagles. Calling being part of a professional football family a “special opportunity,” he’s humbled by the work ethic and preparation of many NFL players. Two whom he considers role models are former Eagles Correll Buckhalter and Brian Dawkins, both now with the Denver Broncos.



“Correll’s had three knee surgeries,” Reid says, “but never gave up. Even when he wasn’t getting playing time, he kept fighting and eventually got the carries. That showed me the importance of never quitting. “Brian Dawkins is a quiet guy who goes about his business, loves his family and works his tail off. He’s the first one there and the last to leave. People say he’s a great player, but he doesn’t see it that way – he only wants to get better. “That’s what I’ve tried to take from him. In a game, if I need 10 yards, I want 11. Every run has to be like it’s going to be my last.” However, his biggest lesson learned comes from his father. “My dad showed me that hard work is the most important part of success,” Reid says. “And that’s true for football, studies, and a career. If you work hard, you’re bound to succeed.” That includes training, especially if Reid hopes to succeed at the college level. He runs both distances and sprints, uses the treadmill and the bike, and hopes to improve on his 4.3 time in the 40. He also varies his weight training, making sure his body doesn’t adapt to any regimen but remains challenged.


That includes training, especially if Reid hopes to succeed at the college level. He runs both distances and sprints, uses the treadmill and the bike, and hopes to improve on his 4.3 time in the 40. He also varies his weight training, making sure his body doesn’t adapt to any regimen but remains challenged. He also eats... constantly. “I’m trying to get stronger and bigger, and I will. But truthfully, you do get sick of eating,” he admits. Off the field, Reid enjoys snowboarding, golf and hanging-out with family and friends. He’s thinking of majoring of communications in college, and hope to announce his school choice soon. But to be as successful at the next level as he was in high school, Reid knows it will come down to much hard work and the right mindset. “I don’t concentrate on peaks,” he says, “only improvement.” BIGTIME Magazine


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COLLEGE football December 9, 2010 It will be a day to remember for Auburn QB Cam Newton, Oregon RB LaMichael James, and LSU CB Patrick Peterson (and others), who each claimed top awards during the The Home Depot College Football Awards. Newton, a junior from College Park, Ga., earned the Davey O’Brien Award for best quarterback and Maxwell Award for best all-around player. James, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, won the Doak Walker Award for best running back. Peterson, a junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., won the Chuck Bednarik Award for best defensive player and Jim Thorpe Award for best DB. Peterson’s double win marks the first time a player has claimed both the Bednarik and Thorpe awards since 1997 when Charles Woodson won both as a cornerback at Michigan Awards Presented during Live Show on ESPN from Disney’s BoardWalk Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Oregon running back LaMichael James and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson each claimed top awards during the The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday night on ESPN, live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Newton, a junior from College Park, Ga., earned the Davey O’Brien Award for best quarterback and Maxwell Award for best all-around player. James, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas won the Doak Walker Award for best running back. Peterson, a junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., won the Chuck Bednarik Award for best defensive player and Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back. Peterson’s double win marks the first time a player has claimed both the Bednarik and Thorpe awards since 1997 when Charles Woodson won both as a cornerback at Michigan. In addition, Auburn coach Gene Chizik won The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award. In just his second season at Auburn, Chizik led the Tigers to a 13-0 record after starting the season at No. 22 in The Associated Press college football poll. Auburn rode its overwhelming win in the Southeastern Conference championship game to its first No. 1 since 1985. The Tigers will play No. 2 Oregon in their first BCS National Championship game. Other winners included: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, Biletnikoff Award (best receiver); Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State, Lou Groza Award (best kicker); Chas Henry, Florida, Ray Guy Award (best punter); Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, Outland Trophy (best interior lineman); D.J. Williams, Arkansas, Disney Spirit Award (most inspirational); and Lee Corso, former coach and current College GameDay analyst, NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award. Gabe won the Outland (as noted in the chart). Two other award winners announced during the The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show were Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU Rimington Trophy (outstanding center) and D.J. Williams, Arkansas, John Mackey Award (best tight end). The following award winners were also acknowledged: Nick Fairley, Auburn, Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman); Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson, Bronko Nagurski Trophy (outstanding defensive player); Gus Malzahan, Auburn, Frank Broyles Award (top assistant coach); and Sam Acho, Texas, William V. Campbell Trophy (academic success).

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Bigtime Classic Issue  

Running Back Spencer Reid signs with the Temple Owls. Super Bowl XLV coverage and more.

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Running Back Spencer Reid signs with the Temple Owls. Super Bowl XLV coverage and more.