Three Former CUA Football Players to be Honored Saturday
WASHINGTON-Three former Catholic University football players will be honored at halftime of the Cardinals' game against Emory & Henry on Saturday.
Pete Mercatanti of Newtown, Pa., and Kenny Treschitta of Ridgefield, Conn., will share the Anthony J. Bottoni Leadership Award, and Greg Brown of Philadelphia will receive the Ronnie McManes Award.
The Anthony J. Bottoni Leadership Award was established in 2000 to honor the CUA football team's outstanding senior leader. Both Mercatanti and Treschitta exemplified leadership skills on and off the field. From his wide receiver position last season, Mercatanti caught 21 passes for 265 and two touchdowns. Treschitta, a 5-foot-7 linebacker, recorded 25 tackles in 2008, including three behind the line of scrimmage. The duo helped the Cardinals post a 9-2 record and enjoy their first postseason victory in 73 years.
Mercatanti graduated in 2008 with a degree in English. Treschitta earned his degree in education.
The Ronnie McManes Award was established in 1999 to honor the "CUA football player who has risen above adversity to excel athletically and academically." Brown persevered through injuries throughout his career and missed the 2006 season. The running back also played linebacker when he first suited up for the Cards in 2004.
In nine games last year, Brown led CUA in all-purpose yards with 999. He rushed for 691 yards (4.2 average) and eight touchdowns, including a career-high 211 yards and two scores in a 48-29 victory over Washington and Lee. He also had 35 receptions for 302 yard and three TDs. He graduated with a degree in business management.
The Bottoni Award is named in honor of Anthony J. Bottoni, a two-year (1998-99) starting right guard for the Cardinals who was killed in an automobile collision Dec. 28, 1999. Just a month prior, Bottoni helped CUA win its first league football championship with a 6-0 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 6-foot, 277-pounder played on three consecutive NCAA playoff teams (1997-99) that went 29-4 (.879) during his college career.
The McManes Award is named in honor of former Cardinals Coach Ronnie McManes, who in 1965 helped to rejuvenate football at CUA by becoming the school's first head football coach in 15 years. McManes (mick-maynz) had previously coached football, baseball, basketball and track for the No. 12 Metropolitan Police Boys Club in Washington, D.C. Former University of Notre Dame President, the Rev. Edward A. "Monk" Malloy, is among the boys club players he coached.