I want to add my congratulations to the 1973 Falcon football team for their induction into the Crescenta Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. It was my privilege to be one of the coaches, and I wish I could have come to the ceremony.
There are several reasons, in addition to the CIF Championship, that they are deserving of this honor.
As young men they demonstrated fine attributes both on and off the athletic field: They were dedicated. After the previous season (5-4), they came forward and declared their desire to be champions and their willingness to do what it took to succeed. They lifted weights, caught passes, worked on moves and improved their athleticism the entire off-season and summer before the season began, which was unusual for 1973.
They were a team. Each player on the squad worked hard and prepared himself to play well in games. Second- and third-team players made a difference in several games. They overcame tragedy and serious setbacks. They experienced the death of one teammate and a crippling life-threatening injury to another.