Milford 12th Man Gridiron Club announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

MILFORD — Football season is closer than you think.

Less than three months from now preseason practices will begin and soon after prep athletes will be back playing meaningful gridiron games.

Milford High opens the 2015 season at home on Sept. 11 versus nonconference Red Lion Christian. The Buccaneers will be led onto the field by new head coach Shaun Strickland.

Approximately two hours prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, the Milford Football 12th Man Gridiron Club will host its annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.

Prior to the Sept. 11 season-opening football game, Milford's 12th Man Gridiron Club will host its 2015 Hall of Fame banquet. (Milford Chronicle/file photo)

Prior to the Sept. 11 season-opening football game, Milford’s 12th Man Gridiron Club will host its 2015 Hall of Fame banquet. (Milford Chronicle/file photo)

This year’s four inductees will include some familiar faces and voices to those who attend Milford High sporting events. They are as follows.

Jack Simon

A 2006 Milford High School graduate, Jack Simon was a two-way star for the Buccaneers during the middle of the last decade.

Simon, who played center on offense and was a linebacker defensively, earned first team All-Conference honors both his junior and senior seasons. He was a second team All-State player his senior year as well and earned third-team recognition as a junior.

With the varsity team for three seasons, Simon never missed a game. He was also a four-year letter winner with the school’s lacrosse team, which he led in scoring his senior season.

Ryan McNulty

The voice of the Buccaneers, Ryan McNulty can be heard announcing Milford High football games from the booth every home game. It’s a position he has held since 2008.

Prior to announcing, as well as leading the Milford Middle School football team as head coach, McNulty was a three-year letterman with the Buccaneers.

Manning both the outside and middle linebacker spots for Milford, as well as left guard on offense his final two seasons, the Class of 2003 member earned first team All-Conference recognition as a senior. He was also a participant in the annual Blue-Gold game.

Jeffrey Bieber

While 1980 graduate Jeff Bieber’s listed accolades don’t mention whether or not he can sing like Justin, they do indicate he was one heck of a Buccaneers football player. And perhaps an even better wrestler.

Named Milford High School’s Athlete of the Year as a senior, Bieber was recognized as the 1979 football team’s Most Valuable Player. On that squad he was both a running back and linebacker.

During his three-year tenure with the varsity squad, Bieber was named a first team All-Conference linebacker and third team All-State member.

Bieber was also a state champion wrestler his senior year.

Dean “Buddy” Betts

There was a time when Buddy Betts wasn’t sure if he would play football again.

A broken vertebrae suffered after a slide into home plate playing baseball as an eighth-grader forced him to the sidelines in all sports his freshman year.

Once cleared to play football, however, Betts never left the gridiron. Almost literally.

Throughout his three seasons with the Bucs, the Class of 1965 graduate played offense (center), defense (linebacker and end) and special teams as a kickoff and return team member. As a senior, Betts was a team captain and earned third team All-State recognition.

More information

The 12th Man Gridiron Club was started in 2008 as a means to promote Milford football. Other purposes of the club include honoring past participants in the Milford football family and to promote a positive atmosphere among community members with regard to the program, according to the club’s information brochure.

Members are asked to pay either a $16 initial membership fee plus $10 annually to renew or $150 to become a lifetime member.

Yearly membership comes with a club hat, window decal, $2 off regular season home football game entrance fees and free admission to the Hall of Fame banquet.

Lifetime members receive the same benefits – the club hat will include a logo stating the standing – as well as a windbreaker.

For more information, contact Jack Simon at 422-2132 or Milford High Athletic Director Mike Tkach at 422-1610.

Closer to the season, the “Milford Chronicle” will feature more in-depth looks at all four 2015 Hall of Fame inductees.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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