From the NFL’s earliest vestiges, Pennsylvania’s storied coal region has been part of its celebrated narrative. Ask any resident of Schuylkill County who won the 1925 NFL championship and they will quickly inform you how the Pottsville Maroons had their title unceremoniously stripped by the NFL and how the Cardinals, the organization that was awarded that fateful championship, hasn’t won one since.

At the west end of the region is Glenn Ressler, who played in two Super Bowls with the Baltimore Colts. When Line Mountain opened their 2015 season against Shamokin, they named their stadium in honor of Ressler in a game my broadcast partner, Corey Houser and I had the opportunity to call. This was three years before current Shamokin head coach Henry Hynoski, another Super Bowl alum with the New York Giants, took the helm.

Greg Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes “Talking Points” for each Sunday edition.

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