November 10, 1960. The lanky and fast receiver with the number 30 of the team of the Archmere Academy de Claymont, Delaware, runs down the wing to catch his quarterback’s pass in the last game of the season to score the third and final touchdown of the game on his private account at Friends’ Central in Philadelphia.
The scoreboard ends with a resounding 28-0, and his later legendary coach, John Walsh, is crowned with a scandal end of the year: eight victories in the eight final matches. Among those who celebrated that victory was the aforementioned receiver, who 60 years later would become the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Bit of history from longtime @DelcoSports reporter Harry Chaykun, an @ArchmereAcademy grad: On Nov. 10, 1960 – 60 years ago today – Joe Biden ran for 3 TDs as coach John Walsh’s Archmere football team capped an 8-0 season with a 28-0 win at Friends’ Central in Philadephia #delhspic.twitter.com/xElVW1GCMg
— Brad Myers (@BradMyersTNJ) November 10, 2020
The man who will lead the most important country on the western side of the world was a promising football playerin his youth. Although very soon he opted for politics, from a young age he practiced various sports, being especially knowledgeable in the beautiful game (with baseball permission) in the country.
Archmere Academy, one of Delaware’s leading Catholic schools, has a strong soccer team, and Biden was one of its illustrious members. At the age of 18, he had already attracted attention in college sports, and even some scouts were interested for him before a possible professional career. Seeing that he had to choose, he decided to hang up his helmet and shoes and opted for laws and books.
For him, as he confessed in his memoirs ‘Promises to Keep: in Life and in Politics’ (“Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics”), sport helped him to gain confidence. In fact, his speaking skills originate on the pitch and where he learned to overcome your stuttering problems. “Sports were as natural to me as talking was. And sports turned out to be my ticket to acceptance, and more. I was not easily intimidated in a gameSo even when he stuttered, it was always the kid who said, ‘Give me the ball!’ “he confesses in the book.
Congrats, Archmere football alumnus and Mr President Elect Joe Biden! You can come visit us at Coaches’ Field anytime, Sir. We’re proud of you.
— Archmere Football (@AuksFootball) November 7, 2020
Thanks to sports, Biden began to gain confidence and his stuttering turned into an anecota in a man with a very open character. “He was an outgoing person, very sociableHe spoke to everyone, he spoke to anyone. That’s the strength he has, he communicates and connects with people, “recalls Robert Markel, Biden’s former teammate on Archmere’s team, in ‘The Daily Pennsylvanian’.