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Worrilow honored to play for charity

OHara Varsity - 1997 Season
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by Brain Freeman


Delaware County Daily Times (Primos - Upper Darby, PA) - Sunday, June 7, 1998
Author: BRIAN FREEMAN ; Of the Times staff
GLENOLDEN -- From the time he snapped on his first chin strap, Tom Worrilow III wanted to play in the Hero Bowl.

Last night, the Cardinal O'Hara senior got his wish, as he started at power guard for the West.

The 6-2, 230-pound offensive lineman helped open several huge holes for teammates Darnell Greene and Albert Grundy as the West squad ran wild over the East, 30-14, in the game that benefits the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund, Inc.

The Hero Bowl has special meaning for Worrilow . His father, Tom , is a 27-year law-enforcement veteran, who spent 10 years as a Chester police officer and is now a member of Delaware County's Criminal Investigative Division.

""Playing in this game was always my goal,'' Tom III said. ""I'm glad I can play in this game and help earn money for kids who have lost their father or mother in the line of duty.

""Every day my dad leaves the house, it could be the last time I'm going to see him. Something could happen on the job. The kids who are helped by this game have been through a lot. I mean, that could have been me.''

Worrilow 's dad, Tom Jr., lost four close friends who were killed in the line of duty over the years.

For most of the game last night, the elder Worrilow was walking around with his camera, snapping shots of his son. Tom III plans to follow in his dad's footsteps. Well, sort of.

""I want to go to law school,'' said Worrilow III, who will probably move to center next year at Widener. ""I've enjoyed being around my dad's business all these years. It's interesting. You learn a lot about law. My grandfather was a state representative, my dad is a policeman, and, hopefully, I'll be a lawyer some day.''

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