Fisher Football Team Given Prestigious Semper Fi Award

March 20, 2017

The nationally-ranked St. John Fisher College football team held its annual banquet on Saturday, March 18, where it received one of the highest civilian distinctions. During the banquet, the United States Marine Corps presented Head Coach Paul Vosburgh and members of the team with the Semper Fidelis Award.

St. John Fisher College's football team was given the Semper Fidelis Award.

The Cardinals earned the honor for their commitment to excellence and display of patriotism during the 2016 ECAC Asa S. Bush Bowl Game in Philadelphia, Pa. After being informed that the national anthem would not be played prior to the start of the game, team members decided to sing the anthem themselves, soon leading the whole stadium in honoring the country.  This selfless act brought positive attention to the team and the College on a national level as it was reported by several media outlets.

Watch the video of Fisher singing the National Anthem

Semper Fidelis, which means “always faithful” in Latin, has been the Marines’ motto since 1883.  The award was established to highlight the actions of civilians, which demonstrate the core beliefs of the Marines, including patriotism and dedication to one's country.