Nine former scholastic football standouts, several of whom went on to careers in law enforcement, will be inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame Sept. 13 at the Cascade Banquet Facility in Hamden.
Among them are Herb Johnson, assistant chief of investigations for the New Haven police department; Doug Harkins, a retired New Haven police lieutenant; and Burnell Burrell III and Charles “Chase” Tyson, former officers with the New Haven force.
Also to be honored is retired state Supreme Court Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr., for decades also a Division I-AA college football official.
Honorees represent the eight Southern Connecticut Conference high schools in New Haven and contiguous towns. Norcott, a graduate of Taft in Watertown, was chosen at large.
By high school, the list comprises: West Haven: Johnson (1991), who played on two state title teams in football and one in hockey and later was a defensive lineman for three years at Central Connecticut State.
Hamden: Harkins (1988), who became a linebacker for the UConn, where he twice was elected captain. After 23 years with New Haven’s police, he joined Madison’s department last year.
Notre Dame of West Haven: Burrell (1984), a former defensive tackle who became a detective after Marine service. He now is a behavioral technician at Maloney High, Meriden. Wilbur Cross: Tyson (1992), a back who played multiple positions.
North Haven: Travis Sasser (1985), who excelled in basketball, football and track for the Indians and was a starter for one year at UConn. East Haven: Dennis Anderson (1964), a quarterback who enrolled at Amherst and became a lawyer in Milford.
Hillhouse: Keith Ford (2001), who attended Maine and Northeastern, coached Curry College and is now assistant principal at Needham (Mass.) High; and Amity: Ted Czepiga III (2004), a school-record rusher who coached the Spartans the past three years.
Reservations for the induction dinner should be made by mailing checks — $45 each for club members, $50 each for non-members — to New Haven Gridiron Club, PO Box 32, New Haven 06501, no later than Sept. 7. The dinner is at 7 p.m., with a social hour at 6. For further information call Bill Santillo, club president, at (203) 804-9777.