Bill McGovern & Rob McGovern To Join Crusader Football Legends Ring Of Honor

Holy Cross Athletics   06-18-2018

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross director of athletics Nathan Pine has announced that two individuals will be recognized this fall as the ninth class in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Bill McGovern (Class of 1985) and Rob McGovern (Class of 1989) will be honored in a ceremony at the game against Yale on Sept. 15, and receive permanent recognition at Fitton Field.

Bill McGovern was a four-year starter for the Crusaders at free safety during the early 1980s. He helped lead the team to an overall record of 31-13-1 during his four years, with Holy Cross claiming the Lambert Cup and making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1983. McGovern earned first team All-America honors as a senior, in addition to being named All-New England once and All-ECAC twice. As a senior captain in 1984, he set a school single-season record and led the nation with 11 interceptions. McGovern would finish his career with 24 total interceptions, which was tied for the most in Division I-AA history at the time, in addition to totaling 225 tackles and 25 pass breakups. He went in to coaching following his graduation, and is currently the linebackers coach for the New York Giants.

Rob McGovern was a standout linebacker for Holy Cross during the late 1980s. He earned first team All-America honors as a senior, in addition to being named the Colonial League Defensive Player of the Year, receiving the George H. “Bulger” Lowe Award and taking home the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet. McGovern was also a two-time first team All-New England, All-ECAC and All-Colonial League selection. He totaled 443 tackles over the course of his collegiate career, including a school-record 182 tackles as a senior in 1988. McGovern was a part of teams which compiled an overall record of 34-9-1, including three Lambert Cup winners (1986, 1987, 1988), two Colonial League champions (1986, 1987) and the undefeated 1987 squad which was ranked No. 1 in the final NCAA national poll. After playing four years in the National Football League, he pursued a legal career and is currently a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for the Ring of Honor. The inductees to be honored were chosen by a special committee, which includes representatives from the Holy Cross Department of Athletics, the Friends of Crusader Football Executive Committee, the Holy Cross Varsity Club and the Holy Cross Development Office, along with living members of the Ring of Honor. In addition, fan voting accounted for a small percentage of the final tally. With the addition of these two individuals, a total of 27 former Crusaders will now be included in the Ring of Honor.

Make sure not to miss the Ring of Honor ceremony at the Yale game on Sept. 15 by ordering your season tickets today! Tickets are available online at or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.

Here is a list of individuals who have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor:

Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor Members
Induction Year Name
2010 Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986)
Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988)
Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943)
Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939)
Vince Promuto (Class of 1960)
John Provost (Class of 1975)
2011 George Connor (Class of ex1946)
Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984)
Jon Morris (Class of 1964)
Joe Wilson (Class of 1973)
2012 Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940)
Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963)
Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989)
2013 Tom Greene (Class of 1959)
Dave Quehl (Class of 1976)
Johnny Turco (Class of 1952)
2014 Tom Ciaccio (Class of 1992)
Charlie Maloy (Class of 1953)
2015 Harry Flaherty (Class of 1984)
Tom Hennessey (Class of 1963)
2016 Jack Lentz (Class of 1967)
Glenn Verrette (Class of 1980)
2017 Dr. Edward N. Anderson (Coach)
Dennis Golden (Class of 1963)
David Murphy (Class of 1990)




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