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Plinski brothers will take to the football field again

On June 7, the Duluth-Superior Shoremen amateur football team will play an exhibition game in uniforms akin to those worn by the 1920s professional Duluth Eskimo football team. Although as far as anyone knows, no original Eskimo players actually ...

On June 7, the Duluth-Superior Shoremen amateur football team will play an exhibition game in uniforms akin to those worn by the 1920s professional Duluth Eskimo football team. Although as far as anyone knows, no original Eskimo players actually hailed from Esko, two starters for the Shoremen are former Esko High School Eskomos players and brothers Joe and Dusty Plinski.

"It was fun to play again for the first time since high school," said Dusty Plinski last week after playing in two games thus far.

Dusty is a defensive end and his brother Joe is currently playing as a slot receiver. Joe could move into the quarterback position later in the season, however. Joe played quarterback at Esko and also for the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder football team last season.

"This is my second year on the team," mentioned Joe Plinski. "I heard about it through friends and ... thought that [it could] only make me a better player and improve my football knowledge."

Both Plinskis are starters, and both are excited about the upcoming game on June 7 when the team will wear the replica Eskimo uniforms.

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"We will be wearing the throw-back jerseys to help honor and show respect," stated Joe. "It will also show appreciation to the Eskimos' [impact] on the football played in the northern area."

Last weekend the Shoremen defeated the South Metro Dragons in St. Paul 7-6.

"The experience has been great," commented Dusty. "It may sound corny, but I really missed the times on the field."

The Plinskis attended a football combine that consisted of running a few 40-yard dashes, a shuttle run as well as a bench press test. Dusty Plinski scored the highest on the bench press by pushing 225 pounds 35 times, while Joe scored the third best on the team.

"It's a great team this year and we have a great friendship," explained Joe. "We are really coming together and we are improving every game."

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