Greg Draddy moved easily from season to season, collecting honor after honor along the way.
All-Section. All-State. All-Everything.
He was a pillar in football, a champion in basketball, a standout in baseball. Rye won a lot of games when he was roaming the hallways in the late ’80s. Draddy went on to play linebacker at Holy Cross and was singled out for excellence time and time again.
And in spite of all the individual recognition, he is remembered as the ultimate team player.
“Early on, my dad and my coaches instilled in me that team success was more important than individual accolades,” said Draddy, 44, who relocated earlier this year to Charlotte. “I was always more concerned about winning. … Maybe that’s why football was always my favorite because it’s the ultimate team sport.”
The former Mr. Basketball in Westchester even managed to impress rivals on the opposite sideline along the way.
Draddy was an obvious choice for the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame’s next class, which is to be inducted Oct. 22 at the County Center.
“I have witnessed many great football players at Rye, a school with one of the best traditions in all of Westchester County history,” former Harrison coach Art Troilo wrote in a letter to the committee. “In my opinion, Greg Draddy has been the best football player at Rye in the last 40 years.”
Draddy had a ridiculous senior year.
The Garnets went 10-0 in football and 24-4 in basketball, claiming a Section 1 title and making a New York state championship game appearance. He was All-State in both sports.
“I think my favorite high school memory has to be the comeback we made at the County Center in the semifinals,” Draddy said. “We had been down 18 or 19 points to Poughkeepsie and we ended up winning.We beat Albertus Magnus in the finals and went all the way to the state final. It was amazing, just an incredible run that we hadn’t experienced at Rye in a long time. All those long bus rides, it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
The string of success continued at Holy Cross where the All-Patriot League pick was a big part of an 11-0 team in 1991.
Draddy went on to law school and currently works for Marsh & McLennan. He spent a number of years back in Rye with a growing family, coaching football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse.
He also continues a three-generation family legacy of presiding over the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
“My sports career, I think a lot of it was a gift,” Draddy said. “What I’ve done since is more important.”
The Westchester Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Westchester County Parks Department. For tickets to attend the induction, contact Kevin Cook at [email protected] Plaques for past inductees are on display in the Hall of Fame atrium off the main lobby of the County Center.