Tomorrow (November 10) is the 60th annual Cortaca Jug football game between the SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College Football teams.
And while the game is certainly important to both teams, it’s important to recognize the true courage of some of the young men that will be out on that field tomorrow afternoon.
Cortland senior linebacker and captain Kyle Richard has been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault, after he was shot in both legs interrupting a rape in progress on Long Island during the summer of 2017.
After breaking up the assault at a party, Richard chased the fleeing assailant until he was shot once in each leg–barely missing major arteries and bones by millimeters.
Richard received the Biden Courage Award for Bystander Intervention from former Vice President Joe Biden last April, among other honors.
An ESPN writer and TV crew came to Cortland last Thursday to interview Richard and some of his teammates, along with head coach Dan MacNeill.
A feature story will also run tomorrow (November 10) at an unconfirmed time on SportsCenter.