2017-10-06 / Sports

GCHS alumnus inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame


Pictured flanking Don at the induction ceremony is his former G.C. Football and Baseball teammate who is currently J.V. Football Head Coach Bob DeFliese (left), and Head Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Varsity Football Coach Stephen Finnell (right). Pictured flanking Don at the induction ceremony is his former G.C. Football and Baseball teammate who is currently J.V. Football Head Coach Bob DeFliese (left), and Head Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Varsity Football Coach Stephen Finnell (right). Don McCauley, former standout football and baseball player at Garden City High, was inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame joining Long Island sports legends Julius Irving (Roosevelt), Jim Brown (Manhasset), Matt Snell (Carle Place) and John Mackey (Hempstead). The only other Garden City athlete ever honored in this category was Carl Braun, a 5 time NBA All Star during his 13 seasons with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

McCauley attended the University of North Carolina where he received many awards: Most Valuable Football Player Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1969 and 1970, Most Valuable Athlete ACC in 1970, and Consensus All American 1970.

In 1970, he broke O.J. Simpson’s NCAA season rushing record with 1720 yards. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

After UNC, McCauley went to the Baltimore Colts for a first round draft pick relinquished by the Miami Dolphins in return for the rights to NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula. Don went on to play 11 seasons for the Colts amassing 58 touchdowns for them in 162 games.

When asked by the Hall of Fame committee if he had any comment about his career, Don said only this: “When I look back on my career, I feel fortunate to have attended Garden City High School and the fact that so many gave of their time and effort for the betterment of the youth in the community.”

Don now lives in Chapel Hill NC with his wife Tracey (Huntington). He was a longtime partner in two very popular Garden City restaurants, McCauley’s on Franklin Avenue and Devin’s on 7th Street, and grew up around the block from another Garden City celebrity, radio and TV personality, John Tesh.

Garden City also has three inductees to the NCHSAHOF in the coaches’ category, Diane Chapman, Tom Flatley, and Richie Smith.

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Congratulations Don A

Congratulations Don A deserving award to one of the all time greats ! Roger Wydler Miami Florida

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