|Graduation Year:||Class of 1930|
Jerry, due to severe illness, one of which left his vision very limited, was not allowed by his father to play high school football. He circumvented these obstacles by joining the newly formed Raritan Prep A.C. where he excelled on the gridiron. In his senior year at SHS, his dad finally allowed him to play football at SHS. Being only 5’4” and weighing 135 pounds, the coaches did not issue him equipment. He used his old Raritan Prep equipment. Initially relegated to third string, he soon found his way into the starting lineup by opening day.
As a right guard, he made All-County and First Team All-State in helping SHS to its first undefeated season. Jerry spearheaded a defense that allowed only one “fluke” score the entire season. He may be the smallest guard ever to be named to First Team All-State. There was no game in which he was not outweighed by his opponent. He achieved these laurels even with his diminished vision.
A 1944 edition of the Valkyrie News names him as the only Somerville football player ever to be chosen on the Newark Sunday-Call’s First Team, All-State. He is survived by his wife, Laura. Jerry passed away in 1993.