October 17, 2008
College Football Hall of Fame Member Don McPherson Visits Oregon Law October 20
Don McPherson, former All-America Syracuse University quarterback and recent inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, will present “Shifting Sports Culture: Competition not Conflict” at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 20, in Knight Law Center 175. This event is sponsored by the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
For more than 20 years, McPherson has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers, and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America.
McPherson is a veteran of the National Football League and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won more than 18 national “player of the year” awards, including the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the inaugural Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2008 McPherson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
In his service to the community, which spans three decades, McPherson has delivered school and community based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring. Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society as national director of Athletes in Service to America, an Americorps funded program. In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.
McPherson will also speak at a luncheon on October 21 at the White Stag Building in Portland.