Tierney*. Bill

Graduation Year: 1994
Category: Athlete

Bill Tierney, a member of the Class of 1994, established himself as one of the school’s finest student-athletes despite not arriving at BC until the mid-point of his sophomore year. The Crusaders won State Championships in football in each of his two seasons in a BC uniform (1992 and 1993) and compiled a 20-2 record due to his outstanding and hard-nosed two-way play. The running back-safety was a player who could be counted on, game-in and Same-out. For his toughness and leadership. Bill’s legacy as a fierce competitor was sealed when he played most of the much-heralded “Game of the Century” matchup in 1992 vs. Paramus Catholic with broken wrist, not missing a single play.  He led (as the captain) a young and rebuilding team to another State title in 1993. Bill went on to attend Fordham University, where he also starred on the gridiron.  Before passing away on the field just prior to a game in 1996. His memory is honored annually by the Rams Program when the “Bill Tierney Spirit Award’ is presented to the Fordham player who, in the estimation of his teammates. represents the spirit that Bill so unselfishly exemplified.  The Fordham  football locker room includes two sealed lockers with memorabilia to honor a pair of Fordham football legends: Vince Lombardi and Bill Tierney.