DANVERS – Andy Metropolis didn’t find out until Thanksgiving that he was going to be inducted into the Peabody High Athletic Hall of Fame as the official historian. Metropolis, an avid sports fan and history buff who taught at PVMHS for 36 years, is writing a book on the history of football in Peabody.
He began delving into sports history in 1984 and was instrumental in bringing the Vietnam Memorial “Moving Wall” to the high school. He was one of the founding members of the Hall of Fame and took part in 10 inductions.
“I am deeply honored,” said Metropolis, who graduated in 1965. “It’s lucky I’m going in as the historian because I certainly couldn’t run. This is a very nice group and many of my former students are being inducted which makes it special.”
Frank Candela, class of 1997, was known as “Flash” because of his blinding speed on the gridiron where he scored 64 touchdowns and rushed for over 4,000 yards in two seasons playing for Revere and his final two as a Tanner. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and after suffering hamstring problems was recruited by Pete Carroll at USC.
“I’m living in California, near San Francisco and working as strength and conditioning coach at Campolindo High School in Moraga,” said Candela. “It’s been a long while since I’ve been back to Peabody and I am honored to be here.
“Back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s Peabody football had a great tradition and I hope the program is able to come back to that level. Coach “Niz” (Ed Nizwantowski) created team chemistry, leadership, and all those intangibles that lead to winning.”
Tony Ferreira (’70) was a two way tackle on one of Peabody’s best teams, the 1969 undefeated state champs. He broke records in the shot put in both indoor and outdoor track. He credits coaches Art Adamopoulos (football) and George Smyrnios (track) for having a big influence in his life.