Three Football Players Inducted To Hall Of Fame
Feb. 25, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced that five individuals have been selected for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. Included among the 2005 inductees are former football players Jerome Fuller (Class of 1992), James Marcellino (Class of 1965), and Gordon Massa (Class of 1957).
Fuller was a two-sport star for the Crusaders in football and baseball. On the gridiron, he was named a first team All-American in 1991, in addition to being selected All-East and All-New England. During the 1991 season, he set school single season records for most yards gained (1,465) and most 100-yard games (nine). Fuller also received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' 1991 homecoming game, after rushing for 164 yards and two scores in a 45-0 win over Penn. On the diamond, Fuller played catcher and in the outfield, earning first team All-Patriot League honors in 1991 and 1992. He batted .369 with a school record 20 stolen bases as a senior in 1992, while throwing out 23 of 25 runners on the basepaths and earning first team All-New England honors. As a junior in 1991, Fuller hit .382 with 11 stolen bases. Fuller is one of just three athletes in school history to be honored by the Varsity Club in two sports, as he received the Davitt Award as the football team's top back and the Riopel Award as the baseball team's top player.
Marcellino was a two-way player for the Crusader football team, starting for two years as a halfback on offense, and for three seasons as a cornerback and safety on defense. He was the leading rusher on the 1963 team with 406 yards, and led the team in all-purpose yards during the 1963 (939 yards) and 1964 (901 yards) seasons. Marcellino was also a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching a team-best 21 passes for 277 yards in 1963, while leading the team in kickoff and punt return yards in both 1963 (256 yards) and 1964 (281 yards). He received the O'Melia Award following the 9-0 victory over Boston College in 1963, after carrying nine times during a 54-yard drive which he ended with a three-yard scoring run. Marcellino received both the Connor Award and the Davitt Award following the 1963 season, and was also a letterwinner on the Crusader lacrosse team.
Massa excelled in several sports for Holy Cross, especially on the baseball diamond, where he played catcher and first base. During his senior year in 1957, he drove in 19 runs in only 19 games, to rank second on the team. Massa also had an excellent season in 1955, leading the team with three homers and 15 runs batted in, as Holy Cross went 13-4 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, the Crusaders posted in impressive 42-11 record during Massa's three years on the team. On the gridiron, Massa started at both center and linebacker, with Holy Cross going 14-14-1 overall during his career. He also joined the basketball team as a walk-on during his senior year, providing added depth after the Crusaders suffered several injuries to low post players. Following his time at Holy Cross, Massa was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in baseball and the New York Giants in football. He spent several seasons in the Cubs minor league organization, while going seven for 17 at the plate during a brief stint in the major leagues in 1957 and 1958.
This year's other inductees are Matthew Muniz (Class of 1987, ice hockey) and Amy O'Brien (Class of 1999, basketball).
These five individuals will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 7, at the Varsity Club's annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.