Posted: 4:31 pm Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Longtime NFL kicker John Carney among Cardinal Newman alums to attend Pahokee game 

By Matt Porter

John Carney, a 1983 Cardinal Newman graduate, is one of the 91 former Newman players expected to attend Friday’s game against Pahokee, the marquee event of the school’s celebration of 50 years of Crusaders football.

Longtime Cardinal Newman coach Sam Budnyk, who retired after the 2003 season after spending 44 years on the sideline, has spent weeks reconnecting with former players, inviting each player personally. He was part of the eight-member selection committee that chose a 103-member All-Newman team. Those players will be honored at halftime of Friday’s game.

“It’s going to be very emotional,” said Budnyk, the first football coach at the school, which in 1925 was founded as St. Ann’s. “This thing has blossomed into something bigger than anyone expected.”

Carney, the longtime NFL kicker who won a Super Bowl with last year’s New Orleans Saints, will watch the game Friday night with other alums, including former NFL players Craig Erickson (Class of 1987) and Chris T. Jones (’90).

Current NFL players who played at Newman: Cleveland Browns safety Abram Elam (’00) and Oakland Raiders wide receiver and 2010 draft pick Jacoby Ford (’05). They are not expected to be in attendance.

Budnyk, 76, says he attends a few Cardinal Newman games a season. One is always away from Newman’s home field, which is named after him. (Side note: Carney donated the goalposts at the stadium, which was built in 1993.) “I have to see how we play on the road,” he said.

He says Cardinal Newman coach Steve Walsh is doing an excellent job.

“They look much better than they did last year,” Budnyk said. “They’re well-coached. They’re absorbing [Walsh's] schemes, I can tell that just by looking at them.”

Also, he’s proud of this year’s Crusaders team, which is off to a 3-0 start, but he knows Pahokee is a tough test. Though after seeing one half of Pahokee’s 52-0 loss to Dwyer last week, he isn’t sure what Pahokee will bring to the table.

“I know Dwyer is very good,” Budnyk said. “But I’m not sure if Dwyer is that superior, or Pahokee is that down. I mean that sincerely. I don’t know.”

“I just hope Newman wins. But of course I’m biased.”

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Here is the All-Newman team, broken down by offense, defense and special teams.

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Cardinal Newman 50th Anniversary Team
Offense
Name Year Graduated College
Richard (Tony) Allison 1968 Brown
Kristian Bie 2002 Florida State
Roger Blackburn 1964 Florida
Vince Bogdanski 1968 Georgetown
Don Brusca 1972 St. Mary’s of Plains K.S.
James Carpenter 1994 UTEP
Joe Carpenter 1971 Brown
John Cavalier 2000 St. John’s
Sean Counihan 1990 Austin Peay
Tom Counihan 1966 Navy
Paul Daly 1962 Florida
Brian Deckert 2004 Florida
Andy Dytrych 2001 Army
Craig Erickson 1987 Miami
Jose Fernandez 1991 U of Penn
Daunte Fields 2002 NC Central
Davy Ford 1997 Florida State
Jacoby Ford 2005 Clemson
Barry Geraghty 1963 Loyola N.O.
Tom Glancey 1982 Ohio State
Joe Godfrey 1967 Mississippi College
Jason Graefe 1994 Princeton
Sam Howell 1971 Tampa
Greg Jacobs 1981 Florida State
Ed Jarmakowicz 1981 Illinois
Alonzo Jefferson 1983 Notre Dame
Carl Johnson 1973 S. Carolina State
Chris T. Jones 1990 Miami
Framayne Jones 1994 Millersville State
Andy Kissner 1984 Purdue
Larry Kissner 1978 Notre Dame
Steve Kokinda 1993 FAU
Ron Lichwala 1972 Brown
Pat Mariani 1999 Wake Forest
Bucky McGann 1962 Notre Dame
Ed McGann 1971 Yale
David McIntosh 1964 Florida
Jon Moyle 1980 Florida
Napolean Outlaw 1991 Michigan State
Bruce Peters 1978 Brown
Cody Pratt 2001 SW Missouri St.
Alan Rhine 1973 Clemson/Georgetown (Ky.)
Sam Roberts 2004 Joliet (Ill.) CC
John Romano 1967 Florida State
Rock Tate 2008 Sacred Heart
Defense
Name Year Graduated College
Peter Alfele 1988 Lousiana Tech
Eddie Beermann 1984 Utah
Don Beuttenmuller 1965 Georgetown
Sam A. Budnyk 1982 Brown
Critt Butler 1977 Navy
Jim Carpenter 1974 Carson Newman
Robert Coleman 1973 Vanderbilt/Bethune-Cookman
William Craven 1968 Oberlin
Oscar Del Rio 1986 UCF
Markee Drummer 2006 FAU
Marvin Dyett 1978 Georgia Tech
Abram Elam 2000 Notre Dame/Kent State
Tom Flynn 1975 Notre Dame
Dan Foley 1987 UConn
Kevin Garvy 2008 UCF
Ivery Gaskins 1997 Grambling/UCF
Richard Grimes 1978 Cornell (Iowa)
Theondrade Hawkins 1973 Florida
Willie Hill 1987 Michigan State
Demetrius Hodges 2002 E. Carolina
Paul Ihnken 2006 Valdosta State
Read Jacob 1983 UCF
Scott Kairalla 1993 UCF
Keegan Kennedy 2005 Northwestern
Michael Kissner 1973 FSU
Chase Kolshak 2003 Stonybrook
Steve Maresco 1968 Florida State
Dennis May 1980 Florida
Brian McHale 1972 Georgia Tech
Travis Mitchell 1981 Minnesota
Brad Moree 1996  
Tom Moser 1968 Brown/Texas
Dan Morrow 1984 Lousiana Tech
Mike Murphy 1989 Syracuse
Nick Rojo 2001 Georgetown
Ryan Romano 1996 Clemson
Larry Stelzer 1983 Wittenberg/Florida
Frank Sulkowski 1979  
Matt Swyers 1988 Columbia
Chuck Tyner 1973 Maryland
Mike Vasallo 1994 Washington/Lee
Mike Warner 1989 FIU
John Weidner 1987 William & Mary
Greg Whelan 2002 Fordham
Tim Whisner 1963 Clarion State
Special teams
Name Year Graduated College
Mike Budnyk 1983 Notre Dame
John Carney 1983 Notre Dame
Brendan Gibbons 2010 Michigan
Riley Kennedy 2010 UCF
Chris Kokinda 1991 Florida
Bob Lewis 1997 Florida
Jeff Newkirk 1979 Milliken
Chad Romano 1993 Kansas State
Todd Romano 1991 Iowa
Mario Rossi 2001 Fordham
Dom Scirrotto 1970 Florida
Tony Walker 1981 South Carolina

Note: NFL players in bold

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