- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 3, 2024
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Al Bailey has recently concluded an outstanding football career at Mount Carmel Area High School. He is a four year letter winner at MCA as well as being a 3 year starter. Al is now the only player in MCA history to have played in 3 state championship games, winning in the 1996 and 1998 and earning runner-up honors in 1999. While Al was a member of the Red Tornadoes, his teams won 50 games and lost 7. That is the most wins ever in a 4 year period at MCA. During the 99 season, Al served as co-captain and chipped in with 888 yards rushing, 178 yards receiving, 203 yards in kick returns, 84 points scored and was second defensively with 137 tackles – 16 for minus yards.
During his career Al has run his way into the top ten lost with 2,274 yards rushing which stands 8th at MCA, 683 yards in kick off returns (5th) and 3,272 all-purpose yards (11th). He has accomplished this while never being the first option and has become the latest definition of what a “team player” is today. For his many accomplishments, Al was named First Team Associated Press All State as a linebacker, First Team linebacker by Pennsylvania Football News, and was named to the Pennsylvania Supreme Team for Sportsfever Magazine.
Al is also a 4 letter winner in baseball and many feel that the diamond is where he will continue to play at the next level. Playing center field, as well as catching, Bailey led the Tornado nine with a .428 batting average and won the Dave Hodrick Award in 1999. He also led his team with 16 stolen bases while only striking out 3 times in 20 games. Whatever he chooses to do in his life, Al will always be one of the “Fan Favorite Football Players” ever to take the field in the Silver Bowl.
Al is the son of Barbara and Al Bailey, Kulpmont.