Oldest living Aquinas alum, 100, to participate in homecoming

USA Today High School Sports

The oldest living alumnus of Aquinas Institute, Pete Tierney, will take part in the pregame coin toss for Saturday’s homecoming game against St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute of Buffalo.

Tierney, a lifelong resident of Rochester, is 100. He was a member of the Aquinas class of 1931 and, as a senior, played halfback and defensive back on the first football team that wore the Aquinas jersey.

Talk about homecoming royalty; the football program of today is traveling back in time to honor a member of AQ’s first-ever team.

Tierney won’t be doing any pregame pep talks, however. At least he doesn’t plan to do so. He’s of the belief he doesn’t — or at least didn’t — measure up.

“I’m pretty sure there is no one in the starting offensive lineup or the starting defensive lineup that is playing at the weight I was at when I played,” he said. “I…

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