I was sitting in the ground-floor lobby of Dartmouth College’s Floren Varsity House earlier this week when football coach Buddy Teevens introduced me to William and Mary McNamara, parents of sophomore linebacker Will McNamara, who last weekend became the first player in Big Green history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.
The McNamara parents told me that Mary missed the first return because she was paranoid about receiving a Hanover parking ticket and had left Memorial Field to feed the meter. She explained that their hometown of Chicago levies steep fines for such an offense.
When Mary returned to her seat, her husband, a former Chicago policeman, told her she’d missed the biggest play of her son’s college career. “Well, he’ll have to do it again,” she said. And lo and behold, he did.
Will McNamama was named the NCAA’s FCS defensive player of the week for his efforts. Dartmouth will need him and the whole defense to be at their best Saturday when the Big Green invades Harvard Stadium for a 5 p.m. clash.