When the final season has ended and the cheers have faded away… much like the number on that jersey… gridiron heroes usually tend to recall those glory days in their own minds, or during the occasional get together with the two or three others who helped turn that 4th and long into a victory celebration.
When the final season has ended and the cheers have faded away… much like the number on that jersey… gridiron heroes usually tend to recall those glory days in their own minds, or during the occasional get together with the two or three others who helped turn that 4th and long into a victory celebration. But not the USC Trojans thanks to a half century-old tradition, every young man who has ever walked through that adrenaline pumping tunnel into that historic colisum and experienced the heady feeling of 103,000 people cheering, now has a place to reminisce, re-live and remember-when with a group of like minded souls whose motto; Fight On has become a life long mission. They really mean it when they say they are a Trojan Family. The Trojan Football Alumni Club (TFAC) that was originally founded in 1955 when a handful of former players met up at the funeral of teammate, Jay Perrin. They realized they shouldn’t have to wait for a funeral to meet up and support each other. Now, half a century later is it still going strong. This organization is the only one of its kind. No other college football team has an alumni support club! TFAC isn’t just about celebrating the team or reliving the glory days of being a Trojan it is also about mentoring the young Trojans and giving them guidance in life and in work. Consider TFAC as “a resource file of business and professional leaders who have the time available to meet with those seeking advice and direction.” Many of the TFAC members have seen glory in the of the NFL gridiron but still consider USC their home while former players went directly into the work force after realizing their dreams of being a Pro athlete were not going to come true. But, as a Trojan they knew that regardless of where you ended up after leaving the team, you are still a Trojan… and that is what this football alumni club is all about. And, it is because of TFAC that USC celebrates “Salute To Troy” at the start of every season. They pioneered this traditional event as well as the annual season ending Trojan Football Awards Banquet. Not only does TFAC mentor the younger generation of former players, but they also sponsor a scholarship expressly for a graduating player who wants to get his graduate degree at USC. “Since 1978 we have awarded, in partnership with the John Wayne family, dozens of post graduate scholarships to former players not pursuing professional football careers. The most recent recipient in 2010 is Special Teams QB, Garrett Green. “ TFAC is there for the bad times too. They are there for their teammates and their families in hard times , sever health issues and death to support them in the ways close friends and family do for each other. FIGHT ON!