Earl Dallabrida

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Earl Dallabrida began his athletic career in Kulpmont High School where he was a tree letter-man. He played forward on the basketball team, ran the sprints, High jumped and Broad jumped in track and played both ways in football. He was primarily a running back, but did some passing and all of the punting. Defensively he played a deep safety and ran back most of the punts.

Because of an automobile accident in which he was a passenger, Earl played only a few games in his Senior year, but still rated high in the selection of All-State.

Graduating in 1942, although being contacted by several schools, Earl spent the next years in the armed forces.

Shortly after World War II professional or Semi-professional football became very popular in this area. It was in this brand of ball that he would be remembered.

In our immediate area the Anthracite Maroons presented to the fans some very exciting football. This team was made up of players from Mount Carmel, Kulpmont, Marion Heights, Shamokin, and out-lying districts. In the present day of specialists in football, a coach would have difficulty determining Earl’s best position, because he was an outstanding, deceptive running back, a fine receiver and at times a passer. He also did the punting. Defensively, as in school, he played deep safety and probably was best remembered for his punt returns.

During this era of semi-pro ball, he also played some with the Pottsville team and the Shenandoah Presidents.

Earl is still in our area and resides in Marion Heights.

Categories: 1981 Hall of Fame