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Smiles, daps, and hugs from roughly 50 football players is what filled the Cass Technical High School football field on Saturday afternoon. Similar to a family reunion, Cass Tech football players geared up to showcase their athleticism and bond with former teammates and alums.  

Each year, the Cass Tech football program hosts a ‘7 vs. 7 Alumni Game.’ The event pits alums of the football program against current Cass Tech players. This includes a 7 vs 7 game but also skill drills and mentoring. 

“It is just a day where they come back and go against each other, do games, and talk, the players get a chance to ask questions,” said Cass Tech football head coach Thomas Wilcher. 

“It came about maybe nine years ago, we decided to have a tradition and try to have everyone come back so we could keep the Cass Tech football program strong,” said Wilcher. “They feed off of each other, build off of each other and try to become a little bit more cohesive no matter where you go or who was here before you, you understand where your brothers are.”

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Delano Hill, a 2012 Cass Tech alumnus and Seattle Seahawks rookie safety, says he has attended the event annually since he graduated.

“I didn’t play every year because of certain situations but it is always fun to see old faces,” said Hill, who played college football at Michigan. “It is all about competition. They see the way we compete so they are going to take that and use it in the game.” 

Hill’s advice to youngsters? Always be yourself, because no one else can be you. 

“We’re here for a 7 on 7 against the really old guys, and we are here because Cass Tech is really important to a lot of people.” said Aaron Jackson, a three-star senior quarterback and Eastern Michigan commit. 

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