Editor's Note: This originally appeared on November 27, 2011.
For the last ten years Pat Natale ’88 and Chris “Spinman” Spinner ’88 have gathered Summit High School alumni for everyone’s favorite pastime, Thanksgiving football.
The two began the event a decade ago as a way to stay in touch with old teammates as well as Hilltoppers from different eras. The game also provides the alumni with an opportunity to line up and play with old teammates and friends on Tatlock Field. The Turkey Bowl’s official website offers players and fans of the game an opportunity to watch some humorous spots created by Natale and Spinner.
The 10th edition of the Turkey Bowl featured four different squads of Hilltoppers football alums squaring off in seven-on-seven two-hand touch football. Each squad played two 30-minute games with each drive beginning at the 40-yard line. Because the players can only gain one first down (at the 20 yard line) on each possession, offense was at a premium.
While the event is undoubtedly fun for all, it’s clear that the players take the field with every intention of winning. After the game the alumni and their families head over to the Summit Elks Club as a way of culminating the event.