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Fordham's Bill Tierney Remembered with Scholarship Fund for N.J. Students
The Bill Tierney story is about turning tragedy into triumph. On October 12, 1996, Tierney, a 20-year-old starting defensive back for the Fordham University football team, passed away on the field prior to the start of the Homecoming game against Lafayette.
Nick Quartaro, the head coach at the time said, “He was a coach’s dream. Hard work was a normal thing for him. He was a true team player, and this guy touched a lot of people.”
The Bill Tierney Scholarship Fund provides scholarship opportunities for New Jersey college bound students and Fordham students through fundraisers such as this Saturday’s Irish Night Beefsteak Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center (Boys town), located at 499 Belgrove Drive in Kearny.
Tickets cost $50 and include filet mignon, beer, wine, music, and raffle tickets. For tickets, please contact Patrick Tierney at © 908-914-2110 or (h) 908-850-6343.
Since 1997, the Foundation has awarded over $125,000 to scholar-athletes throughout the Metropolitan area.
A native of Lyndhurst, Tierney started his football career in the seventh grade on the Queen of Peace C.Y.O. team. He went on to play freshman and sophomore football at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, before transferring to Bergen Catholic midway through his sophomore year. He was a starter on Bergen Catholic’s State Championship team in 1992, and was named team captain as a senior.
His impact was so great on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus that a residential hall has been named in his honor.
As Fr. Joseph O’Hare, the Fordham president at the time of Tierney’s untimely passing, said: “Bill will forever be 20 years old running down a football field in the sun.”
Those bright rays continue to shine for many youngsters thanks to the legacy of New Jersey’s Bill Tierney.
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BY JERRY MILANI, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM