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Gridiron Club

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 e-mail the Gridiron Committee.

Gridiron Club Bylaws

Fordham Prep Football Hall of Fame 

Donate to the Gridiron Club  If you are interested in contributing to the Fordham Prep Gridiron Club, you may make a tax-deductible donation by checking “Other” under Contribution Designations and typing “Gridiron Club.”

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 - You can view game summaries and video highlights of the Varsity Football team on the Gridiron Club's Facebook page

 - The Gridiron Club will be posting score updates on Twitter throughout the season. Follow the team through the 2017 season.

 - New for the 2017 season is the Gridiron Club's Instagram page, capturing those special moments throughout the season.


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. 

The Fordham Prep Gridiron Club is proud to induct these twenty individuals as the 2018 Class of the Gridiron Club Hall of Fame:

  • Richard Cea ’55
  • Michael Conway ’59
  • Michael Corcoran ’61 
  • Thomas Courtney ’42
  • John Cullen ’75
  • Rev. Patrick Francis Dealy, SJ
  • Ralph Dengler ’84
  • Thomas Finneran ’59
  • Rev. James T. Griffin, SJ 
  • Brendan Higgins ’94 
  • Larry Miggins ’43
  • Robert Oswald ’57
  • Kevin Plunkett ’72
  • Joseph Reynolds ’73 
  • Matthew Rinklin ’01 
  • Vinnie Roman ’86
  • Jim Rowen ’82
  • Greg Santomero ’86
  • Sean Smith ’95
  • John Vrionis ’64

The Gridiron Club will be hosting its 4th Annual Hall of Fame dinner on May 5th at Maestro's (1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY).

For more information regarding the dinner or the inductees, please contact Fordham Prep Athletic Director Anthony Kurtin at


The Fordham Prep Football Hall of Fame Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the fourth class of inductees. The Nominating Committee has already received several nominations, but would like to hear from as many of you as possible.
If you decide to nominate a former player, you must provide more information than just his full name and class year – also include a brief statement in support of the nominee and as many of the following details:

a. Student-athlete accomplishments at the Prep (awards, records, multi-sport athlete, statistics, number of years played, leadership); 
b. Collegiate and post-collegiate accomplishments (played in college, awards, records, number of years played, leadership, post-graduate awards and recognition);
c. Dedication/service/contributions to the Prep, especially to the Athletic Program and the Football Program;
d. Personal/professional career accomplishments (public service, military service, success, recognition, awards).
As an example of the type of information we wouldd like to receive, attached is one of the great Football Hall of Fame profiles from the 2016 class of inductees.

All nominations should be sent to the attention of Anthony Kurtin at either or Fordham Preparatory School, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, New York 10458. All nominations received by December 31st will be given consideration. All nominations received after December 31st will not be considered for this class of inductees, but will be recorded and considered next year.



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.

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