'63 squad completed undefeated season as 14th ranked team in nation
Richard Adragna, known during his playing days with the Tigers as "The Cat", came to Memphis in the fall of 1959 under former head coach Billy J. Murphy and quickly built a reputation as one of the strongest and quickness linemen in U of M football history.
During his four seasons at Memphis, Adragna worked as a nose guard and helped the Tigers compiled an overall record of 30-9, including three consecutive eight win campaigns. He was twice named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Week for his defensive efforts.
After graduation from Memphis, Adragna settled in Orlando, Florida, where he began a teaching career in the Orange County Public Schools. The Garfield, New Jersey, native has stayed active in football circles scouting and recruiting for the Tampa Bay bandits and the Orlando Renegades, as well as assisting the University of central Florida.
In addition to his teaching duties, Adragna has worked with the American Cancer Society, the Central Florida YMCA and the Boy's Club of America. He has been inducted in the North Jersey Sports Hall of Fame.