Thursday, December 17, 2009

Unsung Hero: An Ode To Tony Canci

When you think of the Villanova Football Team, you think of Chris Whitney, Matt Szczur, Osayi Osunde  and Tim Kukucka. One player that is usually not mentioned in a list of important players is senior running back/special teams ace Tony CanciCanci started at Villanova as a walk-on and eventually earned his way onto the field by proving he is an excellent special teams player.  This season, he has been able to work himself onto the field a lot more both as a lead blocker in the running game and as an effective receiver out of the backfield.  The trust the coaching staff has shown in him has paid off as he has caught four touchdown passes this year to go along with his always stellar performance on special teams.  While he isn't the fastest or the most gifted player on the field, Tony Canci is exactly the kind of player that every coach loves because he's willing to do whatever it takes to help Villanova win games.  In the bright lights of The National Championship game, the storylines will all be about the star players, but one story that will be lost in the minds of everyone is the fact that someone who embodies every good trait in a football player will be playing the final game of his career.  Thank you for five excellent years of service Tony Canci, I certainly do not take your contribution to the team lightly and no one else should either.

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