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Football coach George Banas elected to Pennridge-Quakertown Sports Hall of Fame

Tom Petko Jr. remembers watching a young George Banas play Midget baseball. “The kid was special,” he said.

But there was a problem for Mr. Petko who was a head coach in Quakertown’s Pop Warner Football League. George’s mom wouldn’t allow him to play football because she didn’t want her son to get hurt.

Knowing the kind of athlete George was, however, prompted Mr. Petko to pay a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Banas. “I assured them I would take good care of that kid,” he recalled. “I knew deep down in my soul George was going to be a fantastic athlete. He turned out to be such a special kid. Eventually, his mother gave in.”

The rest is history.

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