Scott Kiernan, a 1993 Greenwich High School graduate, who played football at Greenwich before continuing his athletic career at Syracuse University and spending some time with the New York Giants, has died at the age of 43.
An offensive lineman for the Cardinals and Syracuse, Kiernan was a two-time New Haven Register All-State Team selection while playing for Greenwich, making the squad in both 1991 and 1992.
A center, Kiernan was a member of Greenwich’s 1991 FCIAC championship team and 1991 state title-winning squad, which was coached by Mike Ornato. A strong offensive linemen, who helped power Greenwich’s vaunted running attack, Kiernan served as one of the Cardinals’ captains.
He was one of four brothers that played on the Cardinals’ football team. His brothers Trey, Ted and Ryan also competed for the Cardinals. The Greenwich High football program paid tribute to Kiernan on their Facebook page on Friday.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of former captain and all-state player @greenwichfootball, Scott Kiernan. He was a standout player, but with a bigger personality. He was loved by his family, teammates, and brothers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, R.I.P.”
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of former Cardinal Great, Scott Kiernan. He was a 1st Team Big East Player at @cusefoor and later played for the @giants. R.I.P. Scott, you lived larger than life, were a great teammate, brother, but a better person #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/wjD8f8tLNs
— Greenwich Football (@GreenwichFB) January 5, 2018
After graduating from GHS in 1993, Kiernan spent one year at The Gunnery, a boarding school in Washington, Conn., before arriving at Syracuse as a guard. His talent and leadership ability also surfaced at Syracuse, as he co-captained the team’s 1998 squad, which captured the Big East Championship. He played at Syracuse from 1995-1998, earning First Team All Big East honors his senior season. The Orange made appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl while he was a member of the team in 1997 and 1998.
Kiernan was a member of the Giants 2000 team, which made it to the Super Bowl — he competed on the Giants’ practice squad that season. He also spent some time with the Giants during training camp in the summer of 2001.
The cause of Kiernan’s death is unknown. He was living in Florida and worked in the real estate industry, according to his LinkedIn profile. Syracuse lost another former captain recently, as it was announced that Stamford High School graduate Jim Mazurek died of cancer at his Florida home at the age of 74.
While at Stamford, Mazurek was named to the New Haven Register All-State Team in 1958 and 1959. While at Syracuse, he played alongside Ernie Davis, who won the Heisman Trophy.