The NBA Hall of Fame career of Allen Iverson as a Philadelphia Sixer played out in the limelight of basketball courts televised to millions of American homes. However, few got to see the all-round athlete’s beginnings on the football field in his native Virginia.
The young Iverson was heavily recruited by local high schools: and the 5′ 6″, 145 pounds quickly became a local legend at Bethel high school. As a sophomore, the athlete played at starting wide receiver, safety, and at times, quarterback and kick returner. He lead the team to an undefeated regular season and tying the state record for most passes intercepted in one game (5).
In his junior year, Iverson lead Bethel’s football and basketball teams to Virginia state championship. Throwing and rushing for TDs in a comeback victory, Iverson would earn The Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both sports. Perhaps in an alternate universe, Iverson could have had an equally illustrious career in the NFL.
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