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Former SU Quarterback Don McPherson to Speak at HWS

This year's John Henry Hobart Fellow presents “You Throw Like A Girl!”

(Sept. 24, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y. — Former award-winning Syracuse University quarterback Don McPherson will speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of the John Henry Hobart Lecture Series. Founder and executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, McPherson presents “You Throw Like a Girl!” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 in Albright Auditorium. The lecture is free and the public is invited.

At Syracuse, McPherson compiled an impressive 22 school records and led the Orange to an undefeated season in 1987. A consensus All-America selection, he won the Golden Helmet College Player of the Year and the Maxwell awards, recognizing the most outstanding player in collegiate football. He also earned the Davey O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Award, presented to the most outstanding collegiate quarterback, and was runner-up to Tim Brown of Notre Dame in Heisman Trophy voting.

During his seven-year career in the NFL, McPherson remained active in every community where he played. He worked as a coordinator for the Student-Athlete Leadership and Nassau County Athletes Against Drunk Driving programs. In 1993, after serving as program coordinator for the nonprofit Athletes Helping Athletes of Long Island, N.Y., he founded Athletes Helping Athletes Canada, Inc. He currently serves as the international chairman for both organizations.

For several years, McPherson also has run leadership training programs within correctional facilities throughout New York State, conducting workshops on a variety of social issues ranging from substance abuse to gender violence prevention.

Upon retiring from professional football in November of 1994, McPherson joined Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He was named co-director of Athletes in Service to America, an AmeriCorps-funded initiative that trains former college student-athletes to conduct service programs in their community.

McPherson is regularly quoted in several print articles and has been featured on MSNBC and Fox News. He has contributed commentary on WNBC's “Today in New York,” and appeared on “The Phil Donahue Show” and ABC's “Nightline” to discuss athletes and domestic violence and racism in professional football, respectively.

McPherson is a native of West Hempstead, N.Y., where he was a high school All-American athlete in football and track.


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