Dr. Ron Grossman at Mount Carmel Area HS Ninety-eighth Rotary Football Banquet

Dr. Ron Grossman at Mount Carmel Area HS Ninety-eighth Rotary Football Banquet


before I talked about dr. Ron I’m really excited to have him here today because of the connection that he has to the rotary football banquet many of you here probably don’t remember his father Harold Grossman Harrell was one of the greatest contributors to Mount Carmel football that we’ve ever had probably from 1932 1969 he was involved he was a Rotarian all of that time and he ran this banquet he was a chairman from 1952 1969 he was also fort one of 14 gentlemen who were arranged the original building of the stadium that you guys play in in 1932 when we had and the reason I printed all the speakers this year because I wanted you to see the quality of the speakers that we had from 1952 1969 and they were basically all of his father’s doing you see one in particular is Jim Brown if we were in today’s standing Jim Brown would be Tom Brady that’s how big Jim Brown was at the time but somehow Harold got them here he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and he’s just done a great job and obviously did a great job with his children let him talk a little bit about ron ron played for us in the early 60s he led the team in rushing scoring and touchdown passes because he played both quarterback and fullback for us he was the first winner of the mic Terry award given to the outstanding player in the shamokin game following the death of coach mike terry the year before after high school Ron matriculated at Princeton University where he played on three of the greatest teams ever at Princeton de 9a no team in 64 that was ranked 11th in a country that 8 and 22 team in 1966 that was ranks 18th in the country and he was an all Ivy League linebacker at the time he then went to Jefferson Medical College where he graduated came back to Geisinger did an internship and completed his residency at let me look I have to don’t remember everything at family practice residency 800 Medical Center in New Jersey he spent most of his career they are setting up a private practice in Hopewell New Jersey from 1974 to 2006 he’s also an associate professor at Robert Wood Medical School and the team physician for writer University in New Jersey he’s involved with princeton university athletics or a great part of that time but one of the real impressive things to me is he was involved with our olympic committee and our Olympic teams throughout his career he served as a team physician for olympic teams from nineteen eighty to nineteen eighty-four including the united states olympic ice hockey team in moscow the winter olympics in albertville france the ice hockey tour in canada the Pan Am Games in Argentina and university games in unit Yugoslavia obviously he was very well travel and there were way many more to put on the resume and I just didn’t have time to do all that he’s been now he’s been a part of sports medicine staff for drug testing for the United States Olympic Committee from 80 to 2000 after retirement he moved to Virginia and Williamsburg area where he still volunteers his expertise to the Old Town Medical Center and serves the eminent indigent and the poor in that working area I want you to help me in giving a nice mount carmel welcome home to dr. Ron Grossman Thank You Jose don’t worry my talk will be shorter than Jose’s introduction I I really want to thank the Mount Carmel rotary for inviting me here and the opportunity to speak to you this afternoon I am truly humbled and honored by they’re asking me honored and humbled because it’s been 50 years since i played here and i never considered myself in that rarified air of the Mount Carmel greats and I’m especially honored because my father as Jose said was toastmaster and speaker generator for many years and we did have Jimmy Brown here we had Tommy McDonald concrete charlie chuck bednarik great coaches like Woody Hayes Joe Paterno Paul Dietzel when Jose asked me to speak who’s a classmate and friend by the way and he did ask me to speak because he couldn’t get Tom Brady your bill belichick I I questioned myself what do I have to say a former football player to these young athletes and their parents that may interest them well my answer that seemed appropriate was to tell you about my experience in football and how my football experience taught me some lessons and how I could impart those lessons to you that it may help you in your lives I’d like to start with the great coaches that I was fortunate to play for and there are three icons it guided me through my football career the first to Mike Terry and his assistant George Rona wear what I call positive strokers they didn’t curse and they didn’t demean you they encouraged and taught with great skill i remember in one game i was trying to show how tough i was by trying to get a couple extra yards before i went out of bounds and when I got on the sidelines later coach Terry said to me he says you know you might save some brains if you got out of bounds earlier and do better in school mr. Ronah was even better he was a junior high english teacher and he told me when i missed a block that it was much to his chagrin that i missed the hit i was 16 years old I didn’t know what should grin meant so i asked him he said well he said say you were sitting on the couch and you were in a lip lock with a girl and her father walked in it would be to your chagrin so I never forgot that word coaching with encouragement to do better and not disappoint were driving factors for me Joe jazz demonic was my senior year coach after mr. Kerry’s sudden demise I thought boy does he have big shoes to fill and by the end of his career he had made them twice the size he was a great teacher in the first I ever watch game films with to plan in preparation for future games and review the games when I changed from quarterback to fullback he taught me how to time the count so I got a better start and he also taught me how to cut back against the grain to escape the over pursuers again positive instruction and this is why those two coaches are in the Hall of Fame our team in 1962 was eight two and one and really if we had somebody to kick some extra points we would have been on defeated what it could have should have on that team was Wayne Rona’s or coach Ronis son Wayne Rona and I have to tell you just some is about his outrageous humor when we were told to go down the field with reckless abandon by coach Carlo Wayne shut up and he says what’s his number so I can run with him when we when we were sitting on a bench of sophomores he yells out Grossman Terry wants you so I grabbed my helmet and I’m about just a step off the bench and he says get him two hot dogs in a cup of coffee and make sure you put mustard on a hot dogs that was the kind of guy but we did have some fun when we played an interesting coach gasps story which I really like it’s at the beginning of the shamokin game he told Michael dusty Holly says I want you to go offsides on the first defensive play and knock the center on his butt well this gave dusty a bull in a china shop attitude so the center ended up in the quarters back laughs about five yards down on the first play and coach jazz said we did that to send them a message and we did send him a message because we beat the heck out of them 42-6 that year mount carmel was a great place to grow up as a teenager I was concerned with how I fit in football school and girls and I wanted to be known that they’re not especially in that particular order by the way some brief remembrances for me where Eugene metoo chi and has gifted pizza for the players mr. repco the mailman be walking down and put his arm around me and say hey how’s a team going to be Tom cuff on the corner of oak and Avenue saying goodbye good luck and God bless you Doc’s Miguel ski and dr. echo who I pattern myself after did I tell you it was a great place to grow up it really was my matriculation the prince had started with bob casio love visiting and he loves to tell the story that he walked up the steps of Mount Carmel High School and into the office where the Secretary was and he was very proud of his business card which said Bob casio assistant head coach Princeton University and he handed it to Eleanor at the time who was the secretary and Eleanor Kowalewski looked at it and she said you know I don’t think we can have anybody here that can go to Princeton at this time Bob Cassie ola looked at her and said I think you do so that’s how I ended up at Princeton where freshmen didn’t play varsity football at that time we had a hundred and fifty kids out for football including 55 captains in all-staters by the time we were seniors there were just 19 of his left eye was West again by good coaching coach Coleman had a 700 percentage winning and is in the collegiate national Hall of Fame he was noted noted for his innovation of the single wing which is really what you see being run today and I was talking to coach Dara and the running passing quarterback I think John Aires had a couple passes and a couple runs right this year just a couple okay but his he was a true gentleman he was a Quaker by the way and he didn’t curse but if he got mad he would throw down his clipboard and say 10,000 fiddly DS we didn’t know what that meant we have no idea and still don’t Warren Harris my defensive coach would ask me when I made a mistake how the heck did you get into Princeton so that lifelong education started there but it really became in depth when I was a sophomore our team captain and all-american that year was Cosmo Yaakov Ozzy a quick aside before I continue I was again a sophomore and coach Coleman yells out Grossman so I go up there and he says spell Yaakov avi so I’m a good Princeton student I say I ACA Vaz I so he’s no no no he says go in for him so he can rest that by the way is a true story embarrassing as it is Cosmo preached and practiced the concept of the team and by that I mean the team in capital letters it included not only the starters but those that practice tell tackling dummies the jv’s and the freshmen it is that inclusiveness of all in our investment in that concept that made us undefeated in 1964 and ranked us 11th in the nation the other concept that was instilled in us was an attitude that victory is ours by doing our best and just doing our job and you may have heard that recently but we had it before the Patriots these two concepts were in full bloom my senior year which is referred to as a Cinderella season the two previous years as Jose said had a combined record of 17 1 and we were beating teams by three touchdowns on the average and of the 120 Division One teams they were ranked 11 and 18 our senior year for all Americans were gone including Charlie goggle ACK he was drafted in the first round by the washington redskins he was the only ticker that has ever been drafted in the first round and he was drafted at number six the important thing is that he and his brother changed the kicking style to what it is today the soccer style kicking so a little bit of history preseason predictions for our senior year not so rosy and it was complicated by a never-ending string of injuries after four games we were an unremarkable two and two and we had really reached a crisis point where we could have resigned ourselves to mediocrity and lick our wounds but we never us that team concept and resurrected our attitude in 15 straight games to win the Ivy League championship and those final games included a 95-yard drive a stop on fourth-and-one a blocked punt to run back for a touchdown to win 13 7 and a game in which we were outweighed by 40 pounds a man so what are the lessons I learned from football to carry over to everyday life the first one was is that football underlined for me the importance of individual responsibility and morphing that into the greater good of the team and upon reflection and the passage of time football help me compose life more deliberately filter out what does not matter and create ample space for what does matter that is family friends and meaningful work so the real lesson is to be intentional and aware about the spaces and friendships you create it comes back to being genuine slowing things down being thoughtful to others and being true to yourself to final thoughts don’t let a game or a season either good or bad define you as a person as long as you’ve given your best effort how you live your life will define who you are not just the football game and if you lose if you do lose don’t forget the lesson and finally my father’s three r’s for life respect yourself and respect others take responsibility not only for the good for the bat and last but not least do the right thing thank

About the Author: Garret Beatty

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *