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LB in NFL: Training Camp Preview

The arrival of August means it’s officially NFL Training Camp season, and another 17 Long Beach athletes are trying to make teams this year. This Thursday and Friday see the first full week of preseason games, and then local products have another three and a half weeks to earn their way onto a team. On […]

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John Ross’ Second Free Long Beach Football Camp A Big Hit

John Ross is famous in football for his speed, having broken the NFL’s record in the 40-yard dash at the rookie combine two years ago. In Long Beach, the speedster is known for his speed as well–but specifically the speed with which he’s begun giving back to the community. Last weekend, Ross hosted his second […]

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LB in NFL: Two Players Drafted, Four More Sign Undrafted

In addition to Long Beach Poly and USC alum Iman Marshall, five other Long Beach football products have joined NFL teams with training camp approaching. Marshall was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the Draft, but wasn’t the only Long Beach native to be selected. Quinton Bell played at Poly for […]

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Launches Foundation With Trojan Legends Banquet

Last Saturday evening at the glitzy Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach Poly and USC alum JuJu Smith-Schuster launched his charitable foundation with a well-produced gala entitled Trojan Legends. The banquet honored Anthony Munoz and longtime broadcaster Pete Arbogast, and featured that pair on conversation on the stage with Smith-Schuster, Sam “Bam” Cunningham, […]

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AAF Shutdown Leaves Long Beach Footballers In Limbo

A handful of Long Beach ballers grinding away in the Alliance of American Football League got bad news Tuesday afternoon, as the AAF announced it is suspending operations immediately. The league giving bubble NFL players a shot at putting together more film, as well as a chance at a second paycheck. The eight-team league had […]

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Jordan Retires John Ross’ Jersey

Last week at halftime of Jordan’s home basketball game against Long Beach Poly, the Panthers program retired John Ross’ jersey. The Jordan legend starred there for three years after transferring in, and has already gone on to become one of the most successful Panthers alums in history. Ross earned All-American honors at Washington, then broke […]

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LB In NFL: Smith-Schuster, Bitonio Receive Hometown Recognition In Pro Bowl

For the first time ever, three Long Beach athletes received Pro Bowl honors this year, as Poly alums JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jurrell Casey were joined by Wilson alum Joel Bitonio. It was the first Pro Bowl appearances for Smith-Schuster and Bitonio, both of whom have a strong chance of becoming mainstays. Casey was unable to […]

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LB in NFL: Wilson Alum Joel Bitonio Named To Pro Bowl

Wilson alum Joel Bitonio received a much-deserved honor on Thursday morning, as he became just the second Bruins alum to be named to the Pro Bowl. Bitonio joins Norm Standlee, who received the honor in 1941 and 1950. Bitonio, an offensive lineman for the Browns, has consistently been graded among the best at his position […]

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LB in NFL: JuJu Smith-Schuster Named To Pro Bowl

Long Beach Poly alum JuJu Smith-Schuster got great news Monday afternoon, as the 22 year-old has been named to this year’s NFL Pro Bowl. The Steelers wide receiver was the top Pro Bowl alternate and steps into a space vacated by his Pittsburgh teammate Antonio Brown, who is sitting out due to injury. “What a […]