Re-started in 2014, the Gridiron Club provides a forum for Fordham Prep football alumni to come together with the current players’ parents to improve the quality of the Program, develop a relationship between current players and alumni members of the Gridiron Club, increase support for all of the teams within the Program, and assist in promoting the Program within the metropolitan area.
The Gridiron Club seeks to to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the football program and provide financial support to enhance the Fordham Prep football program.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Fordham Prep Gridiron Club, please contact either Co-Chairman Donn McNamee ’87 or Co-Chairman Kevin Rooney ’88, P’17 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FORDHAM PREP FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2017
The Fordham Prep Football Program dates back to at least 1887. During the course of the last 130 years, over 3,000 students have played football for Fordham Prep. In 2015, the Fordham Prep Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Fordham Prep’s football program and/or who demonstrated extraordinary athletic excellence on the gridiron. The inaugural class of inductees included only two individuals -- Joseph “Sammy” Ososki and Bruce Bott ‘59.
On February 6th, the Football Hall of Fame Nominating Committee selected the below individuals from a list of almost 80 nominees. The list of candidates was, and will always be, very strong. However, the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals distinguished them from among the many players, coaches and parents who have contributed to the success of the Fordham Prep Football Program.
Robert Abplanalp, Class of 1939
Calvin McCoy, Class of 2008
John Beck, Class of 1918
Edmund J. McHugh, Class of 1939
Mario Biaggi, Jr., Class of 1976
Walter "Buzzy" Morris, Class of 1956
Thomas Brennan, Class of 1956
John Neary, Class of 1987
Howie Cook, Class of 1972
Jehu Richardson, Class of 1993
Daniel Cunniffe, Class of 1993
Vincent Santomero, Class of 1984
Michael Fischetti, Prep Parent
George Zambetti, Class of 1968
Rich Flory, Class of 1963
John Zampino, Class of 1962
Rev. Charles Matthews, S.J., Prep Principal
The Football Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017. Further details to follow.
Donn McNamee ‘87 & Kevin J. Rooney ’88, P’17
Co-Chairmen, Fordham Prep Gridiron Club and Football Hall of Fame Nominating Committee
FORDHAM PREP GRIDIRON CLUB MAKES HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN FOOTBALL PROGRAM
The Fordham Prep Gridiron Club, with the support of the players, parents, students, and alumni, has made a substantial donation of 77 new Schutt Vengeance VTD II helmets to the Fordham Prep football program for the 2016 season. According to the Virginia Tech Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk (STAR) evaluation system, the Schutt Vengeance VTD II helmet is one of the most advanced, safest, and highest performing football helmet made to date.
“The Gridiron Club provides all alumni, students, and parents with the means to positively influence the quality of the Prep’s football program, both in the present and in the future,” says Gridiron Club Co-Chairman Kevin Rooney. “Especially for our football alumni, the Gridiron Club provides the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ and give the current players a better chance for success than they might have had when they played for the Prep. We’re all proud to have been part of the Prep football program as players. Thanks to the Gridiron Club, we have a chance to reconnect with and be part of the program again!”
Donn McNamee, the other Gridiron Club Co-Chairman agrees, “Our objectives are simple: (1) bring the students, parents and alumni together to support the current football players; and (2) to strengthen the football program so that it attracts the best student-athletes to the Prep, competes for league championships on all levels, and prepares its players for college - as students, as football players, and as ‘Men for Others’”.
“I speak for all the coaches on the Fordham Prep football staff when I say we are truly grateful to Kevin Rooney, Donn McNamee and the entire Gridiron Club for their generosity & dedication to our football program, but more importantly to their dedication to the safety and welfare of our student-athletes,” says longtime Fordham Prep varsity football coach Peter Gorynski.
Fordham Prep Athletic Director Anthony Kurtin affirms Coach Gorynski’s sentiment: “This unbelievable gesture of kindness from Kevin, Donn and the entire Gridiron Club is incredible. Their donation of 77 top of the line helmets for our student-athletes proves their dedication to the program, but more importantly, is consistent with the Ignatian hallmark of “cura personalis” –care for the entire person and attending to the needs of our student-athletes.”
The Gridiron Club’s donation is another milestone in its revitalization effort and dedication to improving the Fordham Prep football program, both on and off the football field. In addition to the helmets, the Gridiron Club has donated:
- Modern weight lifting equipment
- New water stations for football team practices
- An electronic “eye in the sky” for Coach Gorynski to film weekday practices
- Funds to pay for the football program’s off-season weightlifting program
- Scholarships for returning players to attend summer football clinics
In all, the Gridiron Club has invested more than $50,000 to support the Prep’s football program over the past three years.
Previously used helmets will be reconditioned and made available for purchase through the Prep Shoppe, adorned with decals commemorating Fordham Prep’s 175th anniversary and the football program’s 130th season.