Hildebrand ends football career as an all-star

Washington Township's quarterback, #7, Thomas Hildebrand calls his own number and outraces the Cherry Hill East's defense for a 37 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Washington Township vs Cherry Hill East high school football at Washington Township ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )
Washington Township's quarterback, #7, Thomas Hildebrand calls his own number and outraces the Cherry Hill East's defense for a 37 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Washington Township vs Cherry Hill East high school football at Washington Township ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )
Posted: June 29, 2013

Washington Township senior Tom Hildebrand admitted to feeling a lot of emotion before competing in Thursday's South Jersey Football Hall of Fame Adam Taliaferro All-Star Game at Rowan University.

Unlike many of his all-star teammates, Hildebrand won't be playing the sport in college.

A standout third baseman, Hildebrand has decided to play baseball for Gloucester County College, which recently won the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series.

"This is bittersweet, and it's my last game," Hildebrand said before the kickoff, which was delayed an hour because of rain. "I have truly loved playing football at Washington Township and have enjoyed my time here at the All-Star Game."

Hildebrand was a two-year starter on a Washington Township team that qualified for the playoffs both seasons.

Unlike many of his counterparts, Hildebrand had never played organized football until entering Washington Township as a freshman. Before that, he played soccer in the fall.

"We are a big football family, and I knew I would eventually play the sport," he said.

In the All-Star Game, Hildebrand played on the White team, made up of graduating seniors from Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. The opposing Blue squad consisted of players from Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.

Proceeds from the game benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial, and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware.

Sterling's Khalil Howard scored on a 4-yard run with 17 seconds left to give the White a 17-14 victory.


Contact Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @sjnard.

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