Morristown High School

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John Panelli started out as a lineman on the Morristown High School football team and got his break in the backfield when another player was injured. As a fullback, he proved a versatile player who excelled at punting, passing, receiving, blocking but who also ran like a jackrabbit. He led his team to a 7-0 season in 1942 and to a 7-1-1 season in 1943. In 1943 year he broke the Morristown High School record for most points in a single season with an astonishing 97 points scored. The old record of 85 points by Jack Riley had stood for 20 years. In 1943 he achieved consensus All-State, the first time anyone from MHS or in the county had received that recognition. In 1999 he was recognized by the Morris County Daily Record as the greatest football player ever at Morristown High. In 2000 the Newark Star-Ledger named him to the New Jersey All-Century High School Football Squad.