Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes traveled to East Meadow High School to honor the Jets’ 2011 Nassau County Championship football team and superstar running back Robbie Healy who won the prestigious “Thorp Award,” as the county’s best player.
Joined by team members, coaches and school officials, Murray and Hudes unveiled large commemorative signs that will be installed on school grounds to salute the team’s remarkable season.
“This was one of the most exciting high school football season’s in recent memory and East Meadow prevailed in the always tough and competitive Conference I,” Murray said. “After a great regular season, the Jets marched through the playoffs, winning one thrilling game after another, all the way to the Long Island title game. The team’s final reward came with their selection as winners of the Rutgers Cup presented to the best team in Nassau County.”
“Among a roster of talented players, running back Robbie Healy was truly heroic last season,” Hudes added. “He was a worthy recipient of the Thorp Award presented to the county’s top player and our township welcomes the opportunity to honor one of the greatest seasons ever turned in by a high school player.”
The county championship was East Meadow’s first since 2006 and the titanic battle with Floyd High School for the Long Island Championship will long be remembered as one of the classic games in scholastic history.
“Along with all of the players, congratulations must be extended to a dedicated coaching staff, led by head coach Vinny Mascia,” Murray said. “This was a season everyone in the school and the community can be immensely proud of and we join the chorus of admirers with our best wishes.”