George Radachowsky Jr.

George Radachowsky, Jr.    George J. Radachowsky Jr.

Football, 1980

George J. Radachowsky, Jr., 2018 DHS Hall of Fame inductee, is one of those rare, three-sport team impact players.  As senior captain in three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, George lettered in all three sports during his three years at Danbury High (grade nine was spent at Rogers Park Jr. High) and earned All-FCIAC honors and was named to the New Haven Register All-State Football team in 1979.

Just shy of six feet tall, he could dunk a basketball from a flat-footed stance.  This 2018 Danbury High Hall of Fame inductee was quoted saying, “I think everybody should play three (high school) sports.  If I didn’t play basketball, I wouldn’t have developed my agility and jumping ability. In baseball, it was the mental part.  You had to bounce back after making an out, and you’re going to make an out seven out of ten times”.

Per a 1979 football scouting report: “Versatile senior George Radachowsky is one player who will make his presence known on the field as he is Danbury’s chief running threat, most dangerous pass receiver, and a key performer in their defensive secondary.”  It is not surprising that George was recruited to play both football and baseball at many highly prestigious colleges.  He chose Boston College because it allowed him to play both football and baseball at a high Division I level.

Before earning his BS in marketing from Boston College in 1984, George enjoyed a storied collegiate career.  George was the only true freshman to crack the defensive line-up in the 1980 season, Coach Ed Chlek’s final season.  That freshman season, George was the nickelback in pass coverage, and the first two quarterbacks that Boston College faced that year were Dan Marino of Pittsburgh and John Elway of Stanford. BC Captain Mike Mayock, who nicknamed George “House”, was quoted, “Our defense intercepted Marino and Elway a total of nine times, and George was instrumental in our planning.” Some of George’s BC football highlights include: 1981 AP All-East Honorable Mention; 1982 Tangerine Bowl; 1983 Liberty Bowl; 58th East-West Shrine Game; 1984 American Collegiate All-Star. Because of football commitments, George played on the BC baseball team his sophomore and junior years only, and was the starting centerfielder for those two years. In 2010, George was inducted into the Boston College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Drafted in 1984 by the LA Rams in the seventh round (#188 overall), George played football in the National Football League from 1984-89 for the Indianapolis Colts and completed his NFL career after four seasons with the NY Jets in 1989. George currently is a board member of the Richter Park Authority Board of Directors, is active in NFL alumni charitable events.