RHS star Eddie Sullivan will play in Agganis football and lacrosse games
By Cary Shuman
Eddie Sullivan was a football standout first, quarterbacking the Revere Pop Warner Junior Patriots to a succession of championships season and to within one step of a coveted berth in the Super Bowl in Florida.
Sullivan went on to carve out a stellar football career at Revere High School while also embarking on four years of varsity lacrosse.
All Sullivan did on the lacrosse field was become the program’s all-time leading scorer with 212 goals and 108 assists, an All-American candidate, three-time conference All-Star, and a college prospect.
Sullivan earned the opportunity to showcase his talents in both lacrosse and football in the Harry Agganis all-star games next week at Manning Field in Lynn. Teammate Anthony DeStefano also received the dual honor but will likely miss the games due to a knee injury.
“I was honored to be selected to play in both games,” said Sullivan, who began football practice Monday. “I’m looking forward to playing football again with my Revere teammates, Victor Rivera and Oscar Lopez, but it’s also great to team up with my friend, Marcus Atkins, of St. Mary’s.”
Sullivan and Atkins were Pop Warner teammates in Revere from the E to B divisions.
“At first Marcus was my center and then he switched to wide receiver,” recalled Sullivan, whose father, former Pope John star and semi-pro player, Eddie Sullivan, was their Pop Warner head coach.
Atkins remembers his Pop Warner days with Sullivan.
“It will be good to catch some footballs from Eddie once again,” said Atkins. “Hopefully I can catch one in the end zone. His father used to say I was Gronk and Eddie was Tom Brady when we were little. Hopefully that connection continues in the [Agganis] game.”
Sullivan is hoping to lead his team to victory in the Agganis Football Classic, which honors the memory of former Lynn Classical, Boston University, and Boston Red star Harry Agganis. Former Revere assistant Donald Heres of Northeast Regional is the team’s head coach, while RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli and assistant coaches Vin Gegrorio and Jose Escobar are on the staff.
“Hopefully I can enjoy one last hurrah with my coaches and teammates,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan will be playing football and lacrosse at Bridgton Academy in Maine. He has fielded college offers in lacrosse but will compete in one season at the post-graduate prep school before making his decision about college.
Eddie said he’s thankful for the support of his parents, Eddie and Tracy, and twin sisters, RHS cheerleaders and softball players Taylor and Jordan, who will be at Manning Field for his final appearances as a high school athlete.