Delaney poster presentation at NSU

Delaney poster presentation

Shown (l-r) are some of Delaney’s NSU teammates along with NSU representatives: Jack Brittain, Mike Almond, Bruce Bickham, Jack Serpas, Gary Reasons, Mark Duper, NSU athletic director Greg Burke, Gary Morgan, Mike Maggiore, SID Doug Ireland, David Wright, David Causey, NSU first lady Tonia Henderson, Kenny Philibert, coach A. L. Williams, NSU president Dr. Jim Henderson, Bob McGraw, Van Kyzar, Ben Loper, assistant coach Herbie Smith, J. P. Dunbar and Rudy Hines.

An ESPN 30 for 30 Short Film “Delaney” poster was presented to NSU officials before Saturday’s Homecoming football game. The poster was signed by the film’s director, Grant Curtis, and producer Jeremy Wheeler, and was presented on behalf of the film crew and Joe Delaney’s NSU teammates.  Some filming took place in Natchitoches. The poster will be displayed in the Turpin Stadium press box. The film tells the story of Delaney, who was a two-time All American football player and a track star at NSU from 1977-1981. In 1983, Delaney was already a professional football star with the Kansas City Chiefs. That summer, he jumped into a pond in Monroe, Louisiana to try to save three young drowning kids who were strangers. Delaney could not swim and drowned in his heroic effort as one boy survived. Delaney’s NSU teammates are shown in the film during some NSU football game footage. Also in the film are one on one interviews  with Delaney’s NSU coach A. L. Williams, teammates Van Kyzar and Jack Brittain Jr., along with sports information director Doug Ireland. The film had its first full showing on ESPN2 Oct. 14 and can be viewed anytime online at www.grantland.com.

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