Adam Taliaferro was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in a game at Ohio State in 2000. After spinal-fusion surgery, doctors told Adam's parents their son would probably never walk again. Three months later, the miracle was completed as Adam walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Today the miracle continues as Adam embarks on a career with one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies!
SEWELl, NJ -- Rosters were announced for the Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation--South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA) Blue-White All-Star Classic
The annual game will be played on June 29, 2016 at Rowan University in Glassboro at 7 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation....
A press conference was held on Sunday, April 10 at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) to introduce those players selected for the annual All-Star Football Classic. Special announcements were made regarding the game, including the introduction of a new MVP award to honor former Pennsauken football coach Vince McAneney, who passed away recently.
Coaches for the game will be Pemberton's John Rosnick (Blue Roster) and Bishop Eustace's Robert Cormier (White Roster).
Taliaferro, the former Eastern standout, was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in 2000. He has made a remarkable recovery and is now a lobbyist for an international pharmaceutical corporation.
The Adam Taliaferro Foundation (www.taliaferrofoundation.org) was started in 2001, and has raised nearly $1 million, helping others who have incurred spinal injuries throughout the tri-state area
For more information on the football game, contact Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.
S.J. Football Coaches Association Announces Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
GLASSBORO – The South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA) has announced its Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees.
To be inducted will be:
High School Coach: Frank DeLano
Pro Player: Derek Holloway
Distinguished Service: Dave Maxwell
Legends (Pre-playoffs): Bob Rickenbach
Legends (Post-playoffs): Selverian Brothers
Assistant Coach: Don Olsen
The recipients will be honored during an induction banquet on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m., at Masso’s Caterers in Glassboro, NJ. Tickets for the banquet are $30 and may be obtained by calling (609) 502-0424.
Frank DeLano (High School Coach)
DeLano has turned the Haddonfield football program into one of the best in South Jersey. He has collected 105 career victories since assuming the head coaching job in 2002. The program has won three South Jersey Group II championships in the past five seasons.
When DeLano was hired as head coach, the team had only made two playoff appearances and won one playoff game in the previous 15 years. The school had won 12 South Jersey championships, but all of them came in the pre-playoff era. Its last championship season had been in 1970.
A former Gloucester Catholic standout, DeLano has coached and served as General Manager in the annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation/SJFCA All-Star Classic over the past several years.
Derek Holloway (Professional Player)
Holloway played at Palmyra High Schooled and led the state in scoring his senior year, 1978, scoring a record 188 points including 31 touchdowns and two extra points.
Holloway later played at the University of Arkansas. He set a variety of school records, including most receiving yards in a bowl game and longest scoring reception in a bowl game (both in the 1981 Gator Bowl).
Holloway also played for the 1983 USFL Champion Michigan Panthers, scoring the first two touchdowns in the first-ever Championship Game in Denver. Holloway played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dave Maxwell (Distinguished Service)
Maxwell has sat on the Board of the Touchdown Club of Southern Jersey for many years and is a founding board member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which supports individuals with spinal cord injuries. Maxwell has also long supported the Washington Township Fifth Quarter Club, a successful booster program for the football team.
He is also a Board member of the South Jersey Football Coaches Association (SJFCA) and has helped organize the annual Taliaferro Foundation-SJFCA All-Star Football Classic at Rowan University.
Selverian Brothers (Legends (Post-Playoffs)
The Selverian brothers -- - Rich, Jeff, Mark, Greg, Arthur, and Kurk - lived in Merchantville and played a combined 16 seasons at Pennsauken, from 1976 through 1992 under legendary coach Vince McAneney. All six siblings went to Swarthmore College and played football there as well.
The Selverians were front and center for one of the most memorable eras in South Jersey football as Pennsauken won seven consecutive conference titles as well as three South Jersey Group 4 titles in the 1980s.
Bob Rickenbach (Legends Pre-Playoffs)
An Audubon High graduate, Rickenbach played tight end at Penn State. He later played professionally in the World Football League and the Canadian Football League. He possessed solid size and weight at 6-feet 4 inches, 255 pounds, an asset he used well throughout his collegiate and professional careers.
In the pros, he played for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League in 1973 and for both the Philadelphia Bell and Southern California Sun of the World Football League in 1974 and 1975.
Don Olsen (Assistant Coach)
Olsen served as a head coach at Timber Creek in 2003, and previously as an assistant at Eastern for 13 seasons. He left Eastern for two years (2000 and 2001) to be an assistant at Collingswood, where his son, Tim, played.
Prior to being hired at Eastern in 1990, Olsen served as an assistant at Gloucester (1983-85) and Cherokee (1986-89). He also was an assistant at Elizabeth in 1981 and 1982.
Olsen spent a long part of his coaching tenure on staffs headed by Cherokee's Jim Horner and Eastern's Larry Ginsburg, two of the most successful coaches in South Jersey history.
The Adam Taliaferro Foundation is conducting a Booster Drive to raise awareness of the Foundation. Your tax-deductible membership donation will help the Foundation provide financial and emotional assistance to those individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Click below to learn more about the benefits of becoming a booster and how you can join:
Attention all families and patients needing financial assistance. If you have a need for financial aid due to a qualifying medical condition from a spinal cord injury, please look over the application below and contact a member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation Medical Committee.