Saturday, August 27, 2011

Countdown to Kickoff: 5 Days ...The Legend of Bruce Kozerski and Much More...

Game week...

For those in the track of this witch Irene, please be safe and sound so we can see you this coming Thursday when we make history

Let's get after it. 

1. Thank you to everybody who has been involved in generating enthusiasm and excitement for our upcoming "event". The names are too countless for me to mention individually but the Purple Pride has been fabulous and unlike anything seen in a long time. Well done. 

How strong have our colors been? Strong enough that they have been highlighted by the Big Green Alert, a blog/website for Dartmouth Football, which recently highlighted, 

Of Holy Cross, The Sports Network writes:
After winning three of their final four games, to post a sixth straight winning season, the Crusaders believe they have enough talent to capture the league title . . .
Holy Cross, by the way, is geeked up about its first-ever night football team against UMass on Sept. 1. They are turning it into quite an event on Mount St. James, even selling a special T-shirt commemorating the event. link

There's also a website called Fill Fitton Field whose mission is, "To assist the Holy Cross Athletic Department in achieving a specific goal: selling out Fitton Field for the game."

Hopefully there are equally innovative initiatives (say that three times fast) in the pipeline for Dartmouth's first-ever night game against Penn on Oct. 1.

2. For a wealth of information about the game, parking, etc, please reference this link from the Holy Cross Athletics website.  

3. For those who care to purchase the above referenced night game T-shirt or other Holy Cross sportswear, go here.  

4. Thanks to Tom Heffernan '84 who inquired and informs us that people are welcome to attend 4pm Mass with the team on Thursday in the chapel. Think there is a little something special about the Cross? How many schools are there where you can get that done? Thank you Tom!!  

5. Great to hear that  Jerry McCabe '87 will be 'in the house' this coming Thursday.  

6. Holy Cross' 12th Man is "Sending a Message to the 'Saders".   

7. Thank you to Peter Muldoon '85, one of Holy Cross' great quarterback's, who shares with us The Legend of Bruce Kozerski '84

I can’t put into words what Bruce Kozerski means to Holy Cross Football. But I will try.
First, I would like to congratulate Bruce on his well deserved induction into the Holy Cross Ring of Honor. In my humble opinion, you are the best offensive lineman (sorry Mr. Morris) that has ever played at Holy Cross and it was an honor to have played with you. As a quarterback, I knew that my right side was always protected and even though opposing teams knew that we were going over the right side on all short yardage situations, you always stepped up and cleared the way. Heck, even Chuck Doyle was able to gain a few yards behind you!
From 1980 through 1983, Bruce anchored some very talented Crusader offensive lines and blocked for many exceptional runners in Fenerty, Clivio, Shimshock, Covington and Doyle. Every time Bruce stepped on the field, his teammates could rely on him to give an exceptional effort and he would always dominate the opposition.  Bruce was a no nonsense type of player and his football knowledge helped him take his game to another level, as he did during a very successful 15 year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals.  While at Holy Cross, Bruce mastered every offensive line position and was even the long snapper on special teams. He did it all. Even in the classroom, Bruce excelled and gained accolades as an Academic All-American.
As you are being inducted into the Ring of Honor and on this historic night at Fitton Field, please know that all of your Holy Cross teammates and coaches are very proud of you. You are one of the best ever to have worn the Crusader purple and this honor is well deserved. 

I will not be able to make it up to HC on the 1st  but I know the Crusaders will make us proud. What an exciting night for the program.

Congratulations and BEAT UMASS!
Peter Muldoon
Class of 1985

On that note.....stay safe and....,


LD '83 

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