In just a few days time, MSG Varsity will premiere the first Tri-State Quarterback Showdown on July 17, 7:30pm on Optimum TV Channel 14. The showdown was filmed in June and among the top 24 high school quarterbacks competing from the New York Metro area for the “Showdown Champion” title through various challenges and obstacles testing their speed, strength, accuracy was Bergen Catholic's rising junior John Germano. New York Giants veterans Phil Simms and Amani Toomer served as judges for the event and provide commentary throughout the show.
“It was an honor to be a judge at the first ever Tri-State Quarterback showdown,” said New York Giants veteran, Phil Simms. “I was really impressed by these student athletes and I enjoyed getting to talk to each of them and help them with their game. The tri-state has a great line-up of talent and I look forward to catching some of the games this fall on MSG Varsity.”
Among the top 24 quarterbacks who competed in the showdown alongside Germano were Northern New Jersey athletes Spencer Aukamp (St. Joseph of Montvale), Blake Geller (Demarest), Kevin Olsen (Wayne Hills) and Conor Rowe (Ridgefield Memorial).
The rest of the New Jersey field included athletes from Lakewood Township, Union City, Bernardsville, Somerville, Elizabeth and Bayonne. New York was represented by New Rochelle, Lawrence, Wappingers Falls, Huntington Station, White Plains, Cross River, Dix Hills and Mastic Beach. Connecticut sent four competitors from Darien, Stratford, Westport and Greenwich.
“At MSG Varsity we are always looking for new ways to showcase high school athletes,” Said Michael Lardner, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, MSG Varsity. “By creating the first-ever Tri-State Quarterback Showdown and bringing in former NFL greats, we are providing another platform for these athletes to excel.”
For MSG Varsity Mike Quick and Jimmy Cavallo will be providing the commentary for the event with Steve Levy, former Don Bosco and Cal Berkeley quarterback calling the showdown. Also Chad Cutler will provide all the action from the sidelines.