Michael Beatrice ’78 to Be Inducted into UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame

Michael Beatrice ’78 to Be Inducted into UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Athletics has announced that former Boston State College football player Michael Beatrice ’77 will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2014 class.

A standout on the gridiron, former professional player Beatrice will be one of seven new members to be honored this October in the university’s annual ceremony.

Perhaps one of the most versatile players in Boston State College football history, Beatrice was a two-time tri-captain and was named the most valuable player at the end of the 1975 season. Named a two-time New England Football Conference (NEFC) honoree, Beatrice led the Warriors to the 1975 NEFC title.

It was in that season that he captained a defensive unit that ranked second in the nation in takeaways with 23. He was also named a two-time ECAC Player of the Week for his impressive play.

Beatrice graduated from Boston State as the career leader in tackles with 272. In addition, he held the program mark for solo tackles in a career with 136 and finished the all-time leader in forced fumbles with 17 and fumble recoveries with eight. He also finished amongst the program leaders in career sacks, interceptions, and blocked punts.

Following his standout four-year career, in which he was a starter at strong side linebacker, Beatrice moved his game north of the border to Toronto, Canada. It was there that he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

The 2014 UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Catherine Forbes Clark Convocation and Recreation Center on Thursday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. For more information about this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony, please contact Ellen Hart-Noone at ellen.noone@umb.edu or call 617-287-7801.