SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 28, 2013

Letter: Time for a football program at Salem State


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I’m thinking of the ever-growing Salem State University adding football to their athletic curriculum, probably in a Division III status.

I could see Salem State University playing Saturday afternoons at Bertram Field (Salem High plays Friday night football). This would benefit the city of Salem.

Fans could park their cars at the Salem bus and train station on Bridge Street or the Salem State University parking lot on Canal Street, and get shuttle-bused over to Bertram Field for the Salem State University home games.

A Salem State University Division III football team would be competitive with a lot of football players to pick from the North Shore/New Hampshire line down to Cape Cod.

A lot of Division III football players make the National Football League because of the good professional scouting in the modern era.

To get a football program started at Salem State University, I think it would be wise to get two longtime retired high school football coaches, Salem’s Ken Perrone and Peabody’s Ed Nizwantowski, with their wealth of football knowledge, to get a football team at Salem State University off the ground, and maybe hire a Massachusetts Division I high school football coach in his early or mid-30s to be the first Salem State University football coach.

As I previously stated in this letter, regarding parking for the games at Bertram, Salem bus and train station, and Salem State University parking lot on Canal Street, those parking areas would keep the Salem Hospital parking lot open for hospital-related business.

Just thinking of a football program at Salem State University. Longtime no-share sports fan.

Wally Birmingham

Salem