Matesic, Anthony

Graduation Year: 1988
Category: Athlete

Anthony Matesic graduated from Bergen Catholic in 1988 after an outstanding varsity football career that saw him start for three seasons. One of the toughest two-way linemen in BC football history, he dominated the trenches during his term as a three-year starter, when BC reached the State Playoffs three times, advanced to the Championship Game twice and won one title (a 33-0 victory over St. Peter’s Prep in 1986). A two-time First Team All-County pick, Anthony was named First Team All-State after leading the ferocious BC defense to a school-record nine shutouts during the 1987 season, during which the team allowed a total of only 20 points in 11 games. He also was named to the All-Parochial All-State team for the second consecutive season, and earned nationwide recognition when USA Today awarded him Honorable Mention All-American accolades. The awards continued to roll in years later, when Anthony was selected to The Record’s “All-Decade Team” of the 1980s. He went on to enjoy a fine career at Penn State, where he played for the legendary Coach Joe Paterno. His promising career was cut short by a serious eye injury, even though he temporarily returned to the lineup after undergoing three surgeries. He and his wife, Nada, are the proud parents of three children.