Saturday, June 2, 2012

2012 Ring of Honor Inductees

A fabulous day was had by one and all yesterday at Blackstone National Golf Club. THE MAN upstairs graced us with a perfect day and the Purple Brotherhood made the most of it. 

The young guns of Dominic Randolph, Brett McDermott, Tommy Fleming, and Taylor Glor finished in first place in a match of cards with a stellar score of 62. 

Particular thanks go to all those who played and/or sponsored the outing. Special thanks to Mark Cannon '77, Craig Cerretani '79, and Dan Walsh (an honorary Crusader) of Team Impact for their elevated level of support. 

We had John Provost, Gordie Lockbaum, and Joe Wilson, three current members of the Ring of Honor amidst our troops. 

We also announced the 2012 Class to be inducted to the Ring of Honor on the evening of August 30th when the Cross plays UNH. I am pleased to inform the faithful here of the following inductees (a formal press release will go out early next week): 

From the Class of 1940: Ronnie Cahill

During his sophomore season he teamed in the backfield with Bill Osmanski to form one of the Crusaders' most formidable backfields of all-time. The team was unbeaten that season (8-0-2). During his junior year, the Crusaders posted an 8-1 record, and when he served as captain during his senior season of 1939, Holy Cross posted a 7-2 record. In his three varsity seasons, Holy Cross was 23-3-2. 

After graduation in 1940, Cahill played in the college all star game in which the collegians defeated the New York Giants 16-7. He went into the game and competed 11 straight passes. He played one season of professional football, playing in 10 games (two starts) with the Chicago Cardinals in 1943.

The two senior members of the Ring of Honor Committee who have personally witnessed Holy Cross Football games since the 1930s and still today said of Ron Cahill, in their opinion, "perhaps the finest quarterback to have ever played for the Cross." 

From the Class of 1963: Pat McCarthy 

"...a three-year starter at quarterback and much like Charlie Maloy in the 1950's, McCarthy rewrote large sections of the record book as an HC signal caller in the 1960's. When he graduated, he held school records for rushing TDs in a season (12), total offense in a game (304 yards), total offense in a season (1,721 yards) and in a career (4,534 yards). 

He also scored 25 career touchdowns and graduated as the second leading modern day scorer in New England history with 176 career points. He won the O’Melia Award as a sophomore and the prestigious Bulger Lowe Award as a junior as the best collegian in New England. In 1961 as a junior he was second in the nation in total offense (1,509 yards) and seventh as a senior (1,721 yards). He was responsible for 274 points his last two years. After graduation, McCarthy spent five years in the Marines and is a Vietnam veteran. 

From the Class of 1989: Jeff Wiley

He quarterbacked the high-powered Crusader squads of the late 80's which compiled a record of 43-9-1 during his four years. His teams won two Colonial League titles, two ECAC Team of the Year honors and three straight Lambert Cups. 

As a sophomore, Wiley threw for 2,464 yards and 16 touchdowns, but it was his junior year that was his finest as a Crusader. Wiley set school passing records for pass attempts (400), completions (265), completion percentage (.662), passing yards (3,677) and passing touchdowns (34) that year, as the Crusaders posted a perfect 11-0 season. He was chosen First Team All American by Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, Kodak AFCA, and Football News. He was also chosen first team E.C.A.C. and first team All New England that year, as well as being first team All Colonial League. He also was an Academic All American that year and was chosen as Sports Illustrated's national player of the week for his performance vs. Lehigh when be completed 27 of 39 passes for 414 yards and seven touchdowns.

During his senior year he threw for an additional 2,573 yards and 16 scores and was chosen as the Crusader of the Year. Wiley graduated as the HC record holder in every major career passing category. After his senior season he earned an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship and pursued a career in medicine.

It was said of Jeff Wiley yesterday, "he epitomizes the HCGLC's mission of commitment to excellence in winning on and off the field."

Please join me in congratulating these greats as they join Bill Osmanski , Ed Murphy , Vince Promuto John Provost Gill Fenerty Gordie Lockbaum, George Connor Jon Morris Joe Wilson , and Bruce Kozerski in the Holy Cross Ring of Honor. 

We can all take great pride and honor ourselves in calling these men our brothers. 


HCGLC Mission: Commitment to excellence in helping Holy Cross Football win on and off the field

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