Slo-Mo Bowl

Frank Mazzone, center, and John Glassey, right, confer with Andrew Carmen, 5, of Galloway Township, during the annual Slo Mo Bowl football game in Absecon on New Year’s Day. Andrew scored the first touchdown and was named MVP of the 2016 game.

Around 20 to 25 players will gather across the Absecon City Library at noon on New Year’s Day to play slowed-down football.

The Slo-Mo Bowl will take place for the 57th year. The game, which consists of slow tackling, blocking and running, was first played in Pleasantville back in the ‘60s.

The game is co-ed and ages range from 2 years old to as old as 82, according to Pete Elco, who was one of the founding members of the game.

The game started when Elco and others went out to play football but wanted to avoid injury.

Elco said the interest to play in the event grows each year. He also added that weather will not affect the game whatsoever.

“We’re going straight into the wind. We like those challenges,” said Elco, 71, of Galloway. “Anyone can come down. Join us and you may be MVP or Rookie of the Year.”

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