Former Mercer Bear ready for football's return - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Former Mercer Bear ready for football's return

Posted: Updated:
Perhaps no one is more proud of Mercer's return than 93-year-old Pappy Boynton, who was a left guard for the Bears and is one of the last surviving members of their last football season. Perhaps no one is more proud of Mercer's return than 93-year-old Pappy Boynton, who was a left guard for the Bears and is one of the last surviving members of their last football season.

After hibernating for more than 70 long years, the Mercer Bears are getting set for a football comeback this Saturday!  Perhaps no one is more proud than 93-year-old Pappy Boynton, who was a left guard for the Bears and is one of the last surviving members of their last football season.

Boynton says 72 years later, he still gets butterflies.  His jacket from 1941 still fits him.  The Mercer football organization has been gone for seven years, and a lot has changed. 

The Bears were 3-6 during that 1941 season, and it's a year that will live in infamy.  In December 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and Boynton says many of his teammates went off to war.  Some never returned. 

Boynton himself spent four years in the military.  After that, he finished his education and then worked in aviation.  He never played football again, but he never lost his enthusiasm for the sport.

This weekend, Boynton, his wife and family will gather, and he'll make his way to Anderson Field for the Bears' first game.  He says he gets more excited every time he thinks about it, and it'll be an honor to be recognized. 

Mercer hosts Reinhardt on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

FOX 5 Sports' own Merissa Lynn brings you his story.  Click on the video above to watch it!

  • More SportsMore>>

  • Nats beat Braves 4-2 close in on NL East title

    Nats beat Braves 4-2 close in on NL East title

    Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.
    Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.
  • Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

    Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

    Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career by winning the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus.
    Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career by winning the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus.
  • Bengals lose A.J. Green, but beat Falcons 24-10

    Bengals lose A.J. Green, but beat Falcons 24-10

    Running back Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, turning short passes into big plays, and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10...
    Running back Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, turning short passes into big plays, and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10 victory...
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices