Gridiron Club Announces 2021 New England College Football Awards

Brown Quarterback EJ Perry and Harvard Linebacker Jack McGowan Win 83rd Bulger Lowe Award; Club to Forgo Annual Banquet and Present Awards in Person

BOSTON – December 17, 2021 – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Awards Committee chairman Tim Whelan today unveiled the club’s slate of college football awards for the 2021 season and announced that two Ivy League players, quarterback E.J. Perry (Andover, MA) of Brown and linebacker Jack McGowan (Canton, MA) of Harvard are winners of the 83rd annual Bulger Lowe Award.

The Bulger Lowe, given to the best players on offense and defense in in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision/Football Championship Subdivision (FBS/FCS) is the nation’s second-oldest nationally recognized college football award, after the Heisman Trophy. Perry played a year at Boston College before transferring to Brown. He played two seasons there and passed for 5,981 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,132 yards. Both Perry and McGowan were first team All-Ivy League as seniors. McGowan had 50 tackles and two interceptions in leading the 8-2 Crimson’s defense.   

The 75th annual Swede Nelson Award, for sportsmanship, academics, and athletic achievement was awarded to Holy Cross senior running back Peter Oliver (Auburn, MA) in the FBS/FCS Division and Tufts running back Mike Pedrini (Melrose, MA) in Divisions II/III. Oliver was the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2021. He led the league in rushing with 780 net yards on 150 carries, and four touchdowns. He is a chemistry and Spanish double major, carrying a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Pedrini, the only three-year captain in Tufts history, is a political science and government major, carrying a 3.23 GPA. Both Pedrini and Oliver were semifinalists for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s William V. Campbell Trophy.

The Gridiron Club customarily honors the athletes, coaches and officials of all New England college football levels at its annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night in December.  This year, however, the dinner will not be held due to lingering concerns about Covid-19.

“It was a difficult decision to forgo College Awards Night for the second year in a row,” said Whelan. “Our committee members will be making the presentations in person. We’ll make the rounds individually, to meet with our award recipients at a time and place of their choice.”

Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld, Gridiron Club president, added, “Our primary concern is the health of all – players, coaches, officials, their families, and friends. I’m sure we’ll be back in full force in 2022. College Night is the highlight of our year.”

The 25th annual Joe Zabilski Award, which recognizes New England’s top offensive and defensive players in Divisions II/III, has co-winners in the offensive category in Williams College senior quarterback Bobby Maimaron (Duxbury, MA) and Stonehill senior running back Justin Felder (Hollis, NY).  Maimaron led Williams to an undefeated season and was also the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year, with over 1,600 yards passing and 500 yards rushing. Felder led Stonehill to an 8-2 record, with 1,127 yards rushing and 17 TDs. The Zabilski Award for defense goes to Bentley University graduate linebacker Cole McCubrey (Boylston, MA). He led Bentley to the playoffs with 114 tackles.

Head Coach of the Year Awards to Bob Chesney of 10-3 Holy Cross in the FBS/FCS and Bill Kavanaugh of  9-2 Bentley University in Divisions II/III.

Assistant Coach of the Year Awards to Jon Poppe, coach of the secondary and special teams at Harvard in FBS/FCS; and Bill deLuze, defensive line coach at Curry College, in Divisions II/III.

The Joseph V. McKenney Award for top collegiate football official to Ryan Flynn of Arlington, MA, a field judge in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ryan has been named to the officiating crew for the NCAA championship football game in Indianapolis on January 10.

The John Baronian Award for Lifetime Contribution to Football to Framingham State director of athletics and head football coach Tom Kelley. Tom returned to the coaching ranks unexpectedly in the eve of the 2021 current season and led the Rams to and 8-3 record and a berth in the national championship tournament after opening the season with a pair of losses. Tom has been head coach at Framingham for a total of 17 seasons and has been the school’s director of athletics for 25 years.

About the Gridiron Club, “Keepers of the Flame”

Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston ( promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. A registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, the Gridiron Club is supported by membership dues, philanthropic contributions, and proceeds from its annual dinners.  The Club honors exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport and supports worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.

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Joey Orlando of UNH, Jimmy Silva of Framingham Named Gold Helmet Winners for Sept. 10 Games

UNH junior Joey Orlando caught ten passes for 166 yards, scored three touchdowns, and returned a punt 57 yards in the Wildcats’ 48-41 OT win over Lehigh.

Framingham State freshman quarterback Matt Silva threw five touchdown passes, ran for another, and kicked six extra points in Framingham’s 54-13 romp over Nichols.

Congratulations to both for their outstanding performances. The Gridiron Club is proud to once again team up withe the new England Football Writers in awarding the weekly Gold Helmets to the stars of our region’s college football games.

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Ty Law is Gridiron Club’s Man of the Year! Mark Your Calendar for October 20.

Ty returns one for a TD

The Gridiron Club will honor former New England Patriots’ star Ty Law at its 16th annual NFL Legends Night on October 20.

We’ll have another all-star cast of head table guests, and as usual many former Patriots will be joining us for a grand evening at the Burlington Marriott.

Proceeds will go to support one of more children’s charities that will be selected by Ty.  We will be raffling off several great prizes including a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl!

Tickets a bargain at $50 each, or $500 for a table of nine that will be hosted by a former NFL star. Raffle tickets $25 each or 5 for $100.

More details will follow!

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Rest in Peace, Jack Daly

The world of sport lost a marvelous member with the August 10, 2011 passing of our beloved Jack Daly, age 92.

His was an exemplary life – of love for his family, of service to his country, and of course on the playing fields and hockey rinks.

The following is Marvin Pave’s superb Boston Globe article. Please take a few minutes to read it. Even those who’ve known Jack for many years through his involvement with the Gridiron Club will learn several new things and about Jack and all he did for others.

Jack Daly, 92, Former Athlete with Knack for Storytelling

By Marvin Pave

Jack Daly was an All-New England center on the 1940 Williams College football team, a co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation, and a respected football official whose assignments included the Sugar Bowl, the Army-Navy game, and the legendary 29-29 tie between undefeated Harvard and Yale in 1968.

But to audiences at the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s annual awards banquet and the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame ceremonies in New York City, Mr. Daly was also known as, “the man from Wytopitlock, Maine, the Right Honourable Ambassador of all things ‘Down East’, John J. Daly Jr.’’

Jack Daly at his Gridiron Club golf tournament, resplendent in hat and shirt from Wytopitlock Country Club.

Jack Daly, number 57, and his Williams College teammates. (Courtesy of Williams College)

Mr. Daly’s hilarious stories, told at sports banquets, corporate conventions and other venues about Errol (Tink) McCutcheon and his trademark line, “Where’s Wytopitlock? . . . about 20 miles north of Mattawamkeag’’ were based on fact.

“There’s nothing mythical about Wytopitlock or Tink,’’ Mr. Daly said in a 1982 Globe story that chronicled his receiving the Distinguished American Citation from the National Football Foundation’s local chapter. “I discovered them when I worked one summer at a Maine camp [after his freshman year of college] at Spring Lake.’’

Mr. Daly, a member of the Boston English High and Williams College Athletic Halls of Fame, died Wednesday at the Harbor House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hingham from complications relating to a fall in his home two years ago. The Hull resident was 92.

“Jack was Mr. Gridiron Club,’’ said the club’s former president and retired Brookline High football coach and athletic director Ed Schluntz. “Jack always had a big smile on his face, and whenever he told his stories, everyone in the audience had huge smiles, too.’’

The Jack Daly Golf Classic, sponsored by the Gridiron Club and which raises funds to support youth football, has been held for the past decade at Sandy Burr Golf Club in Wayland.

Jack Grinold, Northeastern University’s longtime sports information director, helped start the NFF’s Eastern Mass. Chapter 37 years ago with Mr. Daly.

“I attended Bowdoin. Jack was a Williams man, and both schools are in the New England Small College Athletic Conference,’’ said Grinold, the chapter’s executive director emeritus. “When they played football, we’d exchange phone calls, and Jack had the advantage because Williams was beating Bowdoin 9 out of 10 times.’’

“When Princeton’s Charley Caldwell was asked who was the best player he’d coached, people thought the answer would be Princeton’s 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier,’’ added Grinold. “But he said it was Jack Daly.’’

Caldwell coached Williams at from 1928-42.

Fred Rudolph, president of Williams’ Class of 1942 and editor of the school newspaper, invited Mr. Daly to be an usher at his wedding in 1949.
“I admired Jack because he was an outstanding athlete who was comfortable with people who weren’t. His storytelling was legendary,’’ said Rudolph. “He was at our house in Williamstown for our annual class reunion two years ago, and his presence was definitely a draw.’’

Mr. Daly was team captain in 1940, leading the Ephs to a 6-1-1 record. A three-sport athlete at Williams, he did not graduate his senior year and instead enlisted in the Navy. At pre-flight-training school in Chapel Hill, N.C., he helped supervise physical fitness training for pilots because of his athletic background that included starring at Boston English High and Cheshire Academy.

“Dad shared an apartment with two of his fellow instructors. On winter mornings, one particular bunkmate always needed a nudge when it came his turn to light the heating stove. Dad leaned his leg over the top bunk to kick him out of bed,’’ recalled Mr. Daly’s son, John III of Hingham. “The bunkmate was Michigan’s All-American center, Gerry Ford, our future president.

He worked in sales starting in 1947, primarily with Kelvinator, and was its regional sales manager. He retired in 1983 as general manager of the appliance division for Northeastern Distributors.

“When my father worked in appliance sales, he brought a group to visit a plant in Grand Rapids. One, a Republican supporter, said ‘Jack, you’ll never believe who’s getting on the plane with us.’ It was Ford, the House minority leader, who said, ‘Jack, how are you?’ ’’

After returning from the service to his home in Jamaica Plain in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant, Mr. Daly was introduced by his aunt Lilly to his future wife, Helen (Murphy), who died in 2001. They were married for 54 years.

Mr. Daly initially officiated high school games and in 1951 was certified by the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials, which he later served as president and director of its Boston chapter.

Head linesman at the 1969 Harvard-Yale classic, Mr. Daly called a 15-yard face mask penalty on Yale defender Mike Bouscaren that kept Harvard’s miraculous comeback – 16 points in the final 42 seconds – alive.

That call angered the Yale coaching staff, players, and fans, some of whom held it against Mr. Daly for many years.

However, when the documentary “Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29’’ came out in 2008, Mr. Daly saw it with his son-in-law, Dr. Jim Everett of Scituate, and was vindicated.

In the film, Bouscaren admitted he tried to put Harvard’s quarterback, Frank Champi, out of the game with a clothesline tackle to his face, which drew the penalty.

“Jack told me he always felt he made the right call,’’ said Everett.
Mr. Daly lived in West Roxbury and Hingham for many years and in his later years in Hull – where more than 50 years ago he converted a barn into the family’s summer home.

“Jack worked at least five major bowl games, and he earned the respect and admiration of coaches, players, and officials,’’ said Scotty Whitelaw, Mr. Daly’s friend and former Eastern College Athletic Conference commissioner. “He had a big heart, and I loved his company and his humor.’’

Mr. Daly’s many honors also included the George C. Carens Award from the New England Football Writers Association in 1975, the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials Murray Lewis Award in 1986, and the All-American Football Foundation Butch Lambert Award in 1996.

Former Boston Latin School football coach Paul Costello, who succeeded him as Gridiron Club treasurer in 1991, said Mr. Daly was “among the last of a breed when high school and college football was in its heyday and a man of great integrity.’’

An accomplished golfer at Charles River Country Club and most recently at Cohasset Golf Club, he excelled as a hockey player and officiated that sport. Mr. Daly also enjoyed carpentry and woodworking and after his retirement volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Hingham Elder Services. He also taught his family and their friends sailing, body surfing, and water skiing while summering in Hull.

In addition to his son, Mr. Daly leaves two other sons, Andrew of Westchester, Calif., and Christopher of Scituate; three daughters, Cathy Everett of Scituate, Susan Daly Paul of Northborough, and Barbara Daly of Hull; his sister, Marie Dempsey of Lexington; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Church in Cohasset. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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Joe Andruzzi is Our Man of the Year for 2010

The Gridiron Club is proud to announce that Joe Andruzzi will be receiving the Tom Yewcic Man of the Year Award at the 14th Annual NFL Legends Night Dinner on Friday, October 15 at the Burlington Marriott. Click on the link to read the full press release!

It’s going to be a grand evening. Proceeds from the dinner and accompanying raffle of Super Bowl tickets will support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, whose mission is to aid cancer patients and their families and to fund research on pediatric brain cancer.

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Gridiron Club Still Going Strong, by Doug Hastings

Great profile of our president, Ray Gallant, and nice recap of what we’re all about. Story by Doug Hastings appeared in several Boston-area papers. Check it out at:

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Hello world, and welcome to a new era in the storied history of the Gridiron Club!

The Gridiron Club proudly launched our new website ( in September 2010 along with this blog that carries the title “Between the Lines,” which was the printed newsletter that we had published for club members only in previous years.

Blogs work only if there is a two-way dialogue.  We invite you to leave comments, ask questions, share your experiences and opinions, and join us in our mission as “Keepers of the Flame” of Boston sporting tradition.  We respectfully ask that you keep your comments relevant to the subject at hand and do not post and comments that are inappropriate or offensive.  No profanity, spam, or shameless plugs either, please.

We will review all posts before they are published and may need to edit some from time to time.  While we expect to receive a variety of opinions and responses and are committed to presenting both positive and negative commentary, we insist on basic decorum and courtesy from participants.

Welcome aboard!

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