WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of the Holy Cross Crusaders will host the Fordham University Rams at Yankee Stadium as the two teams compete for the 31st Ram-Crusader Cup on November 12. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
"At Holy Cross we are always looking for ways to further enhance the experience of our student-athletes," says Holy Cross director of athletics Nathan Pine. "Having the opportunity this year to play a game at Yankee Stadium is something our players will remember long after their football careers are over. This will be a special event for everyone involved: our student-athletes, coaches and our fans on the biggest stage in an atmosphere similar to that of a bowl game."
"We are excited not to just be playing at Yankee Stadium but to be playing the annual Ram-Crusader Cup at the stadium," says Fordham director of athletics David Roach. "To be playing such a meaningful game at one of the most iconic venues in the country will be a career highlight for the student-athletes from both schools."
The Ram-Crusader Cup is played in memory of Major Frank W. Cavanaugh, who was an outstanding figure in football, coaching both Fordham and Holy Cross. A war veteran enlisted in the 102nd Field Artillery of New England's 26th "Yankee Division," "Cav," as he was known, was wounded in battle and released from service after World War I with the rank of major.
Each school has chosen honorary captains, who will take the field for the coin toss. Representing Holy Cross will be Vince Promuto '60, former Washington Redskins All-Pro guard and a lawyer; and Gordie Lockbaum '88, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and vice president of Sullivan insurance group. Fordham honorary captains include Andy Lukac '51, captain of one of the best football teams Fordham ever fielded and recruited by Vince Lombardi; and John Skelton '10, award-winning quarterback drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. In honor of Veteran's Day, the third honorary captain from each side will be a military member.
The series between Fordham and Holy Cross was interrupted after the 1954 season when Fordham dropped football, but was resumed in 1990 when the Rams joined the Crusaders as members of the Patriot League.
Cristal Steuer, TVP Communications
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