By Kevin Eickman
There will be four new members entering the 12th Man Gridiron Club Hall Of Fame on September 11. MilfordLIVE.com will be taking the opportunity to get to know the selectees over the summer. This week we are featuring 2003 Milford graduate Ryan McNulty.
While you may not know him personally, if you have attended a Milford home football game recently you have heard the voice of McNulty. Just one of the many hats that McNulty wears is that of announcer at Buccaneer football games on Friday nights.
Although that is interesting, it is far from everything that is impressive about this member of the Milford family. McNulty compiled a tremendous list of accomplishments during his time as a member of the team: three time Academic All Conference, 2001 Defensive Player of the Year, 2002 Defensive Player of the Year and 2003 Most Valuable Player.
McNulty garnered those awards with a tenacious style that was impressive to those who had the opportunity to watch him play. Speaking with long time Milford fixture Jack Simon, it was clear to him that McNulty was a special type of player. “While I was on coaching sabbatical at the time, I watched him play a great many games,” Simon said. “He was tenacious on defense, he really brought a high level of intensity to the game. He was the type of player that had a real nose for the ball.”
The tenacity that Simon referred to was evident by his career total of 239 tackles, second all time for Milford at the time of his graduation. His senior season was his finest however as McNulty recorded 113 tackles, 22 of which were solo.
Speaking to McNulty about his selection to the Hall of Fame, it was clear that he was thrilled to be named to this year’s class “I was very happy and honored to be nominated, let alone selected for the Hall of Fame,” McNulty said. “There are some very good players in there and I am proud to be thought of in that regard.”
Looking back on his playing days, the aspect he enjoyed the most was the family atmosphere that Milford offered. “It was wonderful to be able to play with the same guys from Pop Warner all the way up through high school,” McNulty stated. “We weren’t the best of teams, but the community was always there to support us. That was so fantastic.”
When asked about his favorite football memory at Milford, McNulty said he had two of them. The first was his first varsity play. With a blitzed called, McNulty found his way to the quarterback and recorded his first sack. “It was so awesome to get in there and then to get a sack on top of it was just unbelievable,” he said. The second was winning the Battle of the Bell against Lake Forest his junior year at home. “It was a real positive thing for us, in what wasn’t exactly a banner year for the team.” McNulty stated.
McNulty is a seventh grade social studies teacher at the Milford Central Academy and also coaches middle school football. He lives in Milford with his wife Sarah and daughter Alayna.