By Jerry DiStefano
Revere Pop Warner has had three players in Luke MacPhail (age 12), Jalill Marinez (age 13), and Christopher Hernandez (age 12) all selected to the National All-American Bowl in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl in December.
These star youth athletes each play three different positions (MacPhail, quarterback; Marinez, wide receiver and Hernandez, linebacker). There was a limited amount selected for this honor amongst thousands of star young athletes across the entire country. MacPhail (Winthrop), Marinez (Everett) and Hernandez (Revere) are all local kids from the North Shore.
Not that these three individuals need their resume to be further bolstered, but here are some accomplishments they have already obtained in their young careers:
MacPhail received an invite to the Elite OD Combine Evaluation. The Elite Combine gives an All-American an opportunity to try out for the USA or National OD Team. He was selected to the USA Middle School Team for the second consecutive year, where he will be playing against the likes of Puerto Rico and Canada.
Marinez while participating in his first full contact OD camp, he received MVP honors at his respective position (wide receiver). Being named the MVO gives him an automatic invite to next year’s Elite Combine which will also give him the opportunity to play for either the USA or National Teams.
Hernandez received the all-around Performance Award. This award is based on his excellence at his position (linebacker) and going above and beyond the efforts of other players on the field.
The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a week-long series of events including the televised, 8th-annual Offense-Defense, All-American Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country. This all-star game has featured current NFL stars to the likes of Cam Newton and Dez Bryant.
Offense-Defense Sports has been running full-contact football instructional camps for the past 45 years and currently operates in approximately 40 camp locations nationwide every spring and summer.
This trio has each accomplished a feat that only the most talented and hardest working individuals can reach. This is just the beginning to three long and successful football careers for MacPhail, Marinez and Hernandez.