Donald G. McPherson (born April 2, 1965) is a former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback. He spent seven seasons in the NFL and CFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Ottawa Rough Riders.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988 after a college career at Syracuse University during which he won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and finished second in the 1987 Heisman Trophy voting. He also played for the Houston Oilers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough Riders. His accomplishments during his tenure at Syracuse propelled him to be inducted into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame announced on May 1, 2008.
After retiring from football in 1994, McPherson joined the staff of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, before becoming the first executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University. As a feminist and social activist he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs, and regularly speaks at college campuses as a critic of gender roles, stating that the standard constructions of masculinity and femininity both limit men's emotions and overall well-being as well as contribute to "gendered violence" such as domestic violence, stalking, and rape. In this capacity he has testified before hearings of the United States House of Representatives.
He is the younger brother of former NFL player and pastor Miles McPherson.
McPherson, speaking at a pep rally for the Syracuse Orange, at the 2009 New York State Fair.
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|Weight:||183 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||West Hempstead (NY)|
|NFL Draft:||1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 149|
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The 1986 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by sixth-year head coach Dick MacPherson and played their home games in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse finished with a 5–6 record and did not qualify for a bowl game.1987 NCAA Division I-A football season
The 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Miami winning its second national championship during the '80s in an Orange Bowl match-up featuring a rare No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between the top ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the Hurricanes.
Miami's first three games were against ranked opponents, in what was labeled as a rebuilding year, when after some late game theatrics by Michael Irvin against rival Florida State, the Hurricanes were 3–0, the national media started to take notice.
Oklahoma was also seen as quite the juggernaut, averaging 428.8 yards rushing per game with their potent wishbone offense. Miami was able to hold Oklahoma to just 179 yards on the ground, winning the game 20–14.
Also having notable seasons were Syracuse, LSU and Florida State. Syracuse finished the season 11–0–1 and ranked No. 4 after a controversial Sugar Bowl game in which Auburn kicked a late field goal to end the game in a tie. LSU went 10–1–1, ending the season ranked No. 5. This was LSU's first ten win season in 26 years and their highest ranking since 1961.
Florida State finished ranked No. 2, their only loss to Miami, and began a streak of 14 years where FSU finished in the top 5. The Seminoles beat Rose Bowl champion Michigan State and SEC champion Auburn on the road and beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
This would be the first of two years SMU would not field a team due to the NCAA's death penalty.1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team
The 1987 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Orangemen were led by seventh-year head coach Dick MacPherson and played their home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The team finished 11–0–1 and tied Auburn in the 1988 Sugar Bowl. The 11 wins by the Orangemen matched the school record set by the national champion 1959 team, and their 4th-ranked finish in the AP Poll was the first ranked finish since 1961.1988 Sugar Bowl
The 1988 Sugar Bowl was the 54th edition to the annual game. It featured the fourth ranked Syracuse Orangemen, and the sixth ranked Auburn Tigers. The Syracuse Orange entered the game unbeaten for the first time since winning the national championship in 1959. The game was a defensive battle, and ended in a 16–16 tie, helping Syracuse cap an unbeaten season. Don McPherson was given game's Most Outstanding Offensive Player award, going 11-of-21 for 140 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked five times by the Auburn defense.
Auburn cracked the scoreboard first, following a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Burger to wide receiver Lawyer Tillman, catapulting Auburn to a 7–0 lead. Tillman would finish the game with 6 receptions for 125 yards. In the second quarter, Syracuse tied the game on a 12-yard touchdown pass form All-American quarterback Don McPherson to wideout Deval Glover. Auburn added a 40-yard field goal from Win Lyle to take a 10–7 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Tim Vesling kicked a 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. In the fourth quarter Win Lyle's second field goal was good from 41 yards, giving Auburn a 13–10 lead. But two field goals by Tim Vesling gave Syracuse a 16–13 lead. With 1 second remaining, Win Lyle kicked the 30-yard field goal for Auburn to have the game end in a 16–16 tie.
Syracuse fans were outraged by Auburn's decision to tie the game, while Auburn fans found the choice uncontroversial. In protest of the decision by Auburn to tie the game, a Syracuse radio station mailed Auburn coach Pat Dye 2,000 ugly ties, which Dye autographed and auctioned off, raising $30,000 for the Auburn general scholarship fund.1999 Independence Bowl
The 1999 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Oklahoma Sooners.2000 Liberty Bowl
The 2000 AXA Liberty Bowl was a postseason college football game played between the Colorado State Rams and the Louisville Cardinals on December 29, 2000, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. Colorado State won the game 22–17; Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp, the game's MVP, ran for a career-high 160 yards and a touchdown.Donald Mighton McPherson
Donald Mighton "Don" McPherson (November 26, 1918 – September 14, 1973) was a Canadian professional sports executive, businessman, farmer and political figure in Saskatchewan. He represented Regina South West from 1967 to 1971 and Regina Lakeview from 1971 to 1973 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a Liberal.
He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and was educated there, going on to study agriculture at the University of Manitoba. He served with The Fort Garry Horse and the 10th Canadian Armoured Regiment during World War II and received the Croix de Guerre with Étoile de Vermeil (Silver Star).In 1949, he became a director for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). From 1956 to 1957, McPherson served as the club's president and he continued to serve on the team's management committee until his death. He was also president of the CFL in 1959, president of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1963 and president of the Western Football Conference in 1965. McPherson chaired a committee to reorganize the management of the BC Lions in 1962, receiving a lifetime membership in that football club for his efforts.McPherson was president of a number of companies, including McPherson and Thom Ltd. of Regina, McPherson and Thom Ltd. of Alberta, Western Welding of Saskatoon and Regina Tire Mart. He also served as a director for several companies, including Carling Breweries, the Bank of Western Canada and Prairie Metal Products Ltd. In 1966, he was named Saskatchewan Salesman of the Year by the Regina Sales and Marketing Club.A farm owner, McPherson raised purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle.From 1953 to 1958, he was a member of Regina city council. McPherson was a member of the board of governors for the Regina General Hospital. He helped establish the United Way in Regina and served as president of the city's United Appeal in 1961.McPherson served as Opposition whip in the Saskatchewan assembly. He died in office at the age of 54.McPherson was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder in 1983 and to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honor in 1988.Indian Arm
Indian Arm is a steep-sided glacial fjord adjacent to the city of Vancouver in southwestern British Columbia. Formed during the last Ice Age, it extends due north from Burrard Inlet, between the communities of Belcarra (to the east) and the District of North Vancouver (to the west), then on into mountainous wilderness. Burrard Inlet and the opening of Indian Arm was mapped by Captain George Vancouver and fully explored days later by Dionisio Alcalá Galiano in June 1792.Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nation's outstanding senior or fourth-year quarterback in college football. Candidates are judged on accomplishments on the field as well as on their character, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities. The award was established in 1987 and named after Johnny Unitas, who was nicknamed "The Golden Arm". Unitas played his college career at the University of Louisville and set many records in the National Football League while playing for the Baltimore Colts.List of Independence Bowl broadcasters
This is a list of Independence Bowl broadcasters. The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.List of Liberty Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Liberty Bowl throughout the years.List of Little Caesars Pizza Bowl broadcasters
List of television broadcasters of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which was known as the Motor City Bowl prior to 2009.List of Music City Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Music City Bowl throughout the years.Minute Man Air Field
Minute Man Air Field (IATA: MMN, FAA LID: 6B6) is a public-use airport located at 302 Boxboro Road, Stow, Massachusetts, United States. The airport is privately owned by Minute Man Airfield, Inc.Started as a 1700 ft grass landing strip known as Erikson Field in 1963 by local pilots, the airport was purchased by Paul McPherson in 1966. Paul and his son, Don, paved and extended the 2000 foot runway, added a parallel taxiway, tie-downs for 50 planes, installed AVGAS pumps and constructed the Operations Building. The former grass strip was re-opened as Minute Man Air Field on July 1, 1969. Paul's wife and daughter also opened a small coffee shop on the field called "Peg's Place" later on.Over the decades, the airport has added aircraft maintenance and storage hangars, a runway extension, a second "cross-wind" runway, and aircraft parking aprons. In the early 1990s, 100 acres of land, was added to the field's land holdings instead of becoming a housing development. The open space is being farmed and serves as home to many species of wildlife. This acreage has recently been sold and is the site of a proposed 55+ "active adult" neighborhood consisting of 60+ housing units.
Minute Man now has a 2800-foot paved-lighted-instrumented runway and a 1600-foot gravel-visual runway.
The airfield is home to more than 60 based aircraft including 3 helicopters stored in four hangars and on tie-downs along the taxi-ways and aprons. In addition to Nancy's Air Field Café, reputed as a fly-in or drive-in destination for fine food and friendly service, the airport is home to numerous other businesses.
The airport is still owned and operated by Don McPherson, and the operations are overseen by a board of Airport Commissioners. The Board is made up of local business, government, and aviation professionals who voluntarily serve as Commissioners.Regina Lakeview
Regina Lakeview is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada.Syracuse Football All-Century Team
The Syracuse Football All-Century Team features the top 44 football players from the 20th century at Syracuse University. The team features a Heisman Trophy winner, nine members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and seven other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The All-Century Team includes players from eight different decades. The criteria for selecting the team included all players who significantly impacted Syracuse football with special consideration for those who were either members of the Hall of Fame, were named as All-Americans, or who had played in the NFL. Nominees for the ballot were selected by the prominent figures associated with the Syracuse University football program.Syracuse Orange football
The Syracuse Orange, known traditionally as the "Syracuse Orangemen", represent Syracuse University in the sport of American football. The Orange compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Formed in 1889, the program has over 700 wins and has achieved 1 consensus Division I Football National Championship, winning the championship game over the Texas Longhorns in the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic, for the 1959 season. Syracuse has had 2 undefeated seasons, 5 conference championships since 1991, and has produced a Heisman Trophy winner, over 60 first team All-Americans, 18 Academic All-Americans including Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee Tim Green, and over 240 NFL players. Syracuse has had 18 members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, 2nd-most in the ACC, including former players Ernie Davis, Tim Green, Don McPherson, Art Monk and former coaches Vic Hanson, Ben Schwartzwalder, and Dick MacPherson. The Orange boast 8 inductees in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, tied for the 4th-most of any school, including Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Larry Csonka, and Floyd Little.The Orange have 26 bowl appearances, 10 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls. Syracuse has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 21 times in the national polls, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 35 times since 1952. Syracuse has appeared in over 200 AP Polls including 7 weeks at AP number one.
The Orange play their home games in Carrier Dome on the university's campus. The stadium is also known as "The Loud House", as when it opened in September 1980, it was made clear just how loud it was inside; and so the soon famous nickname was coined.Syracuse Orange football statistical leaders
The Syracuse Orange football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Syracuse Orange football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Orange represent Syracuse University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.
Although Syracuse began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.
These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:
Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Orange have played in five bowl games since then, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.The Main Ingredient (band)
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1987 College Football All-America Team consensus selections
Davey O'Brien Award winners
Maxwell Award winners
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winners