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Tom McManus, grew up playing football. He started in the 4th grade at St. Mary’s of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a Catholic grammar school located outside of Chicago. He went on to Wheeling HS, where he was an All-Conference and an All-State linebacker. He accepted a football scholarship to Boston College and received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
He was named a third team All-American his senior year along with being a two time First Team All Big East linebacker under the tutelage of Tom Coughlin. He failed in his first two attempts to make it into the NFL and spent two football seasons out of the game, tending bar in Chicago. In 1995, he got a lucky break and became a member of the inaugural NFL franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played an instrumental role in the Jaguars miraculous 1996 season, the Cinderella story of the NFL that year, as he started 14 games at middle linebacker including the 1996 AFC Championship Game and proved to the NFL that he did, in fact, belong.
Tom is now live on 930 The Fox in Jacksonville, FL. Tom is involved in charitable causes, most notably, the Jay Fund Foundation, established by Tom Coughlin, and the C.H.I.L.D. Cancer Fund. Tom resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a beach residence outside of Jacksonville, with his wife, Kristina, and their three daughters, Avery, Kelsey, and Harley.
“We’ll Always Be Pals” is ultimately the story of a father and son who were fifty years apart in age but ended up best of friends.