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legends Blair Thomas and Quintus McDonald.


Blair Thomas 

 

A Philadelphia native, Blair was an all-state football standout at Frankford High School. In three seasons at Frankford, Blair rushed for 3,941 yards and tied a Public League career record with 59 touchdowns. 

 

A member of Penn State University‘s 1986 National Championship team, Thomas was a 1989 All-American and a two-year starter for head coach Joe Paterno. He finished second on the Nittany Lions’s all-time rushing list with 3,301 yards and 21 touchdowns, just 97 yards shy of the Penn State record set by Curt Warner. He was also the first player in school history to rush for more than 1,400 yards in two seasons (1987,1989). Thomas was the Most Valuable Player of the 1989 Holiday Bowl, setting a record with 35 carries for 186 yards. He was also the Most Valuable Player of the Senior Bowl.

 

Blair was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round (second overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. His NFL playing career spanned six seasons. 

Blair suffered a series of nagging injuries beginning in 1992 and was released by the Jets following the 1993 season. Blair began the 1994 season with the New England Patriots and finished the season with the Dallas Cowboys. Following his time in Dallas Blair signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Blair concluded his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers.

Quintus McDonald 

A high school sensation and 3 sport star at Montclair High School, NJ, Quintus was the bright spot on every All-American list. In 1984 Quintus was named USA-Today Defensive Player of the year. 

In 1984 soon after being named USA-Today Defensive Player of the year, Quintus accepted a scholarship from Penn State, thrilled by the opportunity to play for legendary coach Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. 

As a 4 year Letterman, Quintus entered the 1989 NFL Draft and was taken in the 6th Round by the Indianapolis Colts.  Over his 40 game career with the Colts Quintus posted numerous Defensive Player of the Game Awards with two of the most memorable coming at Giants Stadium, just minutes from the town he had grown up in, where he registered 2 sacks in a victory over then Conference rivals NY Jets. The second most memorable was when he registered 11 tackles on Sunday night, versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

The final tackle of the game caused Chief’s All Pro running back, Christian Okoye (Nigerian Nightmare) to fumble with time running out in the 4th quarter, enabling Indianapolis to kick the go ahead field goal. His NFL career plagued by injury, in 1991 Quintus was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, awarded annually to one player from each team who demonstrated uncommon courage and resolve in returning from injury. This award is unique and very special in that all recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates.

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