John F.(Pud) Mccarthy

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“Pud” McCarthy was one of Mt. Carmel Catholic’s first great football players. He was a four-year starter and was utilized first by coach John Pachuta and later by coach Ray Green as both a lineman and a battering ram fullback.

He captained the team his senior year; the first sign of the leadership qualities which were to surface again later.

In 1940 he entered the civilian conservation corps, at that time a useful outlet for youngsters who had no immediate job opportunities or college plans. World War II intervened, and in 1943 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Army till 1947, and after his discharge got the idea that college and football might be an enjoyable combination.

He entered the University of Miami in 1949 and immediately reported to coach Andy Gustafson; but a service-connected disability left him unable to compete successful at that level and he reluctantly gave up the game.

He continued as a student at Miami, and in 1952 graduated from the University of Miami Law School. After completing the Bar Exam he accepted a position as a contract negotiator for the Navy Department. He worked in that position at the Pentagon until his death from cancer in 1974.

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