Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
Wide Receiver, Running Back, Quarterback, Kick Returner, Messiah: 2007-2010
Prior to recently, when you would name the greatest players in Villanova history, names like Billy Joe, Al Atkinson, Mike Siani, Howie Long, Brian Finneran, Chris Boden, Brian Westbrook, Brett Gordon, and Raymond Ventrone would come up, but Matt Szczur did something that none of the previous players was able to do- lead The Wildcats to a National Championship. Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 38th round out of Lower Cape May High School, and with several high level scholarship offers to play baseball under his belt, the fact that Matt Szczur came to Villanova in the first place is a bit of a blessing.
Boy am I glad that he did come to Villanova. In four years on the Main Line, Szczur finished his career with a stat line that doesn't adequately describe his true value to his team. He holds few Villanova records, and he isn't even in the top ten in career receiving yards at the school. One thing I do know about Matt Szczur: he is the single most versatile athlete that Villanova has ever had.
One more time: All Hail Szczur!