WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac football standout Dan Negron committed last week to continue his career at Trinity College in Connecticut.
Negron, a 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker and Hartsdale resident, led the Crusaders to 33 wins over the past three seasons. A three-year starter at linebacker, he finished as Stepinac’s career leader in tackles with 308. He averaged 9.3 tackles per game during his career.
“Great football players are hard to come by,’’ Stepinac coach Mike O’Donnell said. “But players who are smart and great leaders like Dan are impossible to find.”
Negron served as a Stepinac captain for the past two seasons. He earned a bevy of honors, including the Catholic High School Football League Golden 11 and Westchester County Golden Dozen. He also played fullback for Stepinac.
“He worked very hard in off seasons to prepare for the rigors of playing inside linebacker and making an impact at fullback,’’ O’Donnell said. “Because he was a student of the game, he was able to play the game fast.”
Negron received multiple offers before choosing Trinity, located in Hartford, Conn. The Bantams finished 7-1 last season in the New England Small School Athletic Conference. The team finished ranked No. 5 in New England.
“Dan decided Trinity was the place he wanted to go and most importantly continue his academic success,’’ O’Donnell said. “Dan is making a great choice in looking at his future by his college choice, not just football.”
Negron played one of the best games of his career in his final contest. In a 42-28 win over St. Francis in the state championship game, Negron had 11 tackles, an interception and caught two passes, one of them for a touchdown.
“His leadership is probably his biggest asset,’’ O’Donnell said. “He leads by example. We’ve had many talented players throughout the years. Dan will be remembered as one of the best players, and best leaders.”
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