Paul H. Szymanski

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Paul was a standout 3-Sport star at Mt. Carmel. As a football player he played quarterback, defensive end, tight end and kicker. He made the Reading Eagle All Anthracite Team as both a junior and senior and was All State Honorable Mention.

He also started for 3 years as a basketball player to chalk up both 1000 points and 1000 rebounds. He was a Schuylkill League All Star, a member of the Harrisburg Patriot top 10 and a member of the Reading Eagle All Stars. He was also MVP of the Schuylkill County-Berks County All Star Game.

In track he lettered 4 years and was a consistent winner in both high jump and the triple jump. He set a new school record of 6 feet 6 inches in the high jump; and was a District and Schuylkill League champion in the triple jump.

After high school, Paul attended West Point Prep and received a Senatorial Appointment to the US Military academy. But he opted for a football scholarship to the University of Virginia where he participated in 28 of the 34 games played during his three years there. He was an All ACC honorable mention for academics. He also played in Virginia’s first post season game ever: the 1984 Peach Bowl.

Categories: 1998 Hall of Fame