- 4:31 pm Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 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.” [More]