Seton-La Salle will honor the memory of former football standout Zach Sheridan, who was shot and killed following an altercation Saturday outside The Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland, by wearing stickers with his initials on their helmets this season.
Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry said that one player, senior captain Tommy Rizza, plans to take it a step further.
“I wasn’t going to give anybody the No. 3 jersey this year,” Perry said, referring to the number Sheridan wore for the Rebels, “but (Rizza) came to me today and said, ‘I want to wear that jersey out of respect for him and try to duplicate what he did with it.’ I felt pretty good about that. It’s not something many kids take on.”
Rizza is a three-year starter at defensive back whose cousin, Matt Rodgers, was the quarterback on the same team as Sheridan, who played tight end and linebacker for the Rebels from 2004-06. Seton-La Salle had a candlelight vigil for Sheridan Thursday night at Merrick Field.
Here is a video tribute to Sheridan, courtesy of former Seton-La Salle player Michael DelSardo’s Diamond Digital Productions, who compiled Sheridan’s highlights at Seton-La Salle and Slippery Rock University.
– Kevin Gorman