Alden Bernardi
Alden  Bernardi


Inducted in 2016

A two-sport star in football and track from 1956 to 1959 … promoted from junior varsity football team to varsity in ’56 … Returned an interception 22 yards as a freshman defensive back and saw action as a halfback for Bill Kelly-coached team that went 9-0 … listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, moved to fullback as a sophomore … returned to halfback 1959 and ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-8 victory at Eastern Michigan … part of a speedy four-man backfield in ‘59 with Jerry O’Neil, Walt Beach and Bob Kelley … the four backs combined to average 5.5 yards a carry … football captain in 1958 and 1959 … a two-way player, was named to the All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in 1959 as a defensive back … also returned kickoffs … ran track for four seasons, most frequently competing as a hurdler … earned all-conference honors in high and low hurdles from 1957-59 … Detroit native went on to coach football and track in East Detroit.

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