Super Bowl Champ Visits Syosset

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Syosset HS alumnus and Super Bowl champion Ed Newman (center) presents school officials with a Super Bowl 50 commemorative golden football. From left are varsity football coach Paul Rorke, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Drew Cronin, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers, Newman, Board of Education trustee Susan Parker, varsity wrestling coach Mike Murtha and Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.

Four-time NFL Pro-Bowl offensive guard Ed Newman, who played in three Super Bowls for the Miami Dolphins and won a championship in 1973, returned to his alma mater, Syosset High School, to present school officials with a golden Wilson football to commemorate Super Bowl 50. By accepting the football, Syosset High School holds the distinction of “Super Bowl School” by the NFL.

A Woodbury native, Newman starred on both the football and wrestling teams while attending Syosset High School in the late 1960s. Members of the current varsity football and wrestling teams were on hand in the school’s gymnasium to witness the presentation and listen to Newman’s story of growing up in Syosset, attending Duke University and becoming an NFL star, as well as his post-football careers as an attorney and county court judge, his current position.

Dolphin_020316C“I can’t tell you the debt I have to [Syosset],” said Newman. “What a wonderful place for me to grow up. The lessons I learned here have brought me to where I am in life.”

Newman said he hopes his words can inspire students to pursue their goals. He likened Syosset High School to a mini college based on its unique programs and said students will have “serious advantages” as a result.

Syosset director of physical education and athletics Drew Cronin presented Newman with a Syosset High School sweatshirt as a memento of his visit.

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Newman gave an inspirational talk to members of the school’s football and wrestling teams about how athletics and academics contributed to his success in life.

The Super Bowl 50 football will be displayed prominently in the Syosset High School athletic wing for students, staff and visitors to see. The game will be held at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, on Feb. 7.

Tribune Staff

 

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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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