WESTFIELD TWP. — From now until the end of time, the Nos. 2 and 35 will never be worn again by a Cloverleaf football player.
Before Friday’s season opener against Northwest at Gene Clark Stadium, the school will retire the jersey numbers of Kyle Juszczyk and Dick Anderson.
Juszczyk was an All-American at Harvard and is a rookie fullback for the Baltimore Ravens, while Anderson played at Ohio State before spending one season with the New Orleans Saints.
“It’s quite nice of the school system to do that, and I appreciate that,” Anderson said. “We live in the Cloverleaf school district and our children went to the district, so we think a lot of the school district and the athletic department. To be honored by your local school system is a big deal.
“I’m happy for my children to be able to see this, and that makes me happy, also.”
As a 6-foot-2, 240-pound quarterback/fullback/tight end/linebacker, Juszczyk was an Associated Press Division II second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior in 2008. He is considered one of the most versatile players in Medina County history.
Juszczyk compiled 784 rushing yards, 322 receiving yards, 352 passing yards, 93 tackles, 18 for loss and 14 pass breakups as a senior. He is best remembered for scoring the game-winning touchdown in an epic double-overtime victory over undefeated Highland that clinched Cloverleaf’s lone playoff berth.
Anderson was inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound tight end/defensive end helped the Lodi Tigers compile an 8-0 record as a sophomore in 1959. He then spearheaded Cloverleaf to 6-1-1 and 6-2 records over the next two seasons and was named AP Class AA second-team All-Ohio in 1961.
Anderson started on the offensive line under legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. He then signed an undrafted free agent contract with the expansion Saints, for whom he played two games and recorded a safety against the Washington Redskins in the 1967 season finale.
The lifelong Lodi resident is scheduled to be in attendance tonight for the pregame ceremony. Juszczyk will not be able to attend due to his professional obligations, but Cloverleaf athletic director Craig Walkup said another ceremony is in the works for late in the basketball season so Juszczyk can accept the honor personally.
The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a cornhole tournament, roping demo, face-painting, pony cart rides, a spirit parade and more.
The Cloverleaf All-Sports Boosters will present a tailgate cookout from 5-7 p.m. The cost for a sausage sandwich or hamburger, chips and a soft drink is $5.
Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or email@example.com.
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