Anthony King-Foreman picked a perfect spot to join the FFTC -- Foreman Family Touchdown Club.
In a rivalry game featuring two top-six ranked Division III football teams, St. Thomas was tied 7-7 with St. John's in front of a near-record crowd of 16,000-plus in Collegeville last Saturday. That's when the senior defensive lineman used a 57-yard scoop-and-score touchdown fumble recovery to put his team ahead to stay at 13-7.
St. Thomas went on to a 33-21 victory, its sixth win over the Johnnies in the last eight series meetings.
Teammate Steve Harrell caused the fumble with a sack of SJU quarterback Jackson Erdmann, and King-Foreman instantly collected the loose ball and sprinted to his first college touchdown.
It was actually the fifth Foreman family touchdown in college football, but first in 20 years. It was back in 1996 on a cold day in Lincoln, Neb., when his brother Jay, then a star linebacker at Nebraska and a future eight-year NFL player, returned a pickoff for a TD. Jay Foreman picked Colorado QB Koy Detmer, another future NFL competitor. Click here to watch a replay.
Their father, Chuck Foreman, threw one TD pass and caught three touchdown passes in his college varsity football days as a Miami Hurricane from 1970-72. Ironically the Maryland native rushed 350 times for 1,646 yards for Miami as a halfback, but didn't score a TD on the ground.
Chuck Foreman made plenty of trips to the end zone in his eight-year NFL career. He scored 75 touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings (52 rushing, 23 receiving ), and one TD on the ground with New England. The NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1973, Chuck was voted five times to NFL Pro Bowl, and played in three Super Bowls.
There's one other father-son football connection: Chuck Foreman played for Vikings legendary coach Bud Grant, while Anthony played for Bud's son, the highly-successful Eagles' coach Mike Grant, in his Eden Prairie High days. In a six-month span of 2011, Anthony was a starting pitcher on an Eden Prairie baseball team that won nationals at the American Legion World Series in August 2011, then later that fall won the Minnesota state prep football title.
Anthony's St. Thomas team is 18-1 since he joined the starting lineup last fall. His UST career stats include 9.5 sacks among 19.5 tackles for loss, along with one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He had two sacks in the 2015 defeat of the Johnnies in Collegeville, and contributed a sack in the playoff semifinal win over No. 2-ranked Linfield.
Anthony's Scooper Bowl shuffle to the end zone in Collegeville was UST's 32nd return touchdown -- kickoff, punt, interception, fumble -- in 105 games of the Glenn Caruso era.
Foreman is among several current and recent St. Thomas student-athletes who are sons and daughters of prominent athletes. Click here to view a 2013 St. Thomas Magazine story
The win at St. John's let St. Thomas improve to 6-1 over the last two seasons against nationally-ranked teams. In those seven games, Steve Harrell contributed 48 tackles (11 tackles for loss) plus two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery from his linebacker spot.
In 19 games overall as a starter the last two seasons, the junior from New Berlin, Wis., has 19 tackles for loss (10 sacks), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Atop the Nation
The Tommies lead all NCAA programs this fall in two categories:
- St. Thomas' 47 tackles for loss thus far in 2016 are the most in all of NCAA football, just ahead of Bridgewater State (Va.) at 46, and Michigan at 45. UST's 15 sacks are tied for fourth most in Division III.
- St. Thomas comes into October as the last NCAA institution this fall that's still unbeaten in the sports of football (4-0), men's soccer (8-0-2) and women's soccer (7-0-1).
The gentleman whose name adorns the Fowler Veranda at O'Shaughnessy Stadium will see his first football game from the six-year-old bird's nest on Saturday Oct. 1 when the Tommies play host to Augsburg.
Ron Fowler, a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and sports enthusiast, will celebrate his 50th class reunion at St. Thomas this Homecoming weekend.
Fowler served on the St. Thomas Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2014 and supported the opening of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex with a gift that enabled construction of Fowler Veranda. He also supported the Fowler Foyer, the first-floor lobby of the AARC, and the Fowler Club on the upper level of Schoenecker Arena.
Fowler is currently the executive chairman of the San Diego Padres and the CEO of California-based Liquid Investments, a wholesale beverage distribution company that he founded in 1981.
Gene's Blog is a sports column penned by UST sports information director Gene McGivern. Gene is working in his 23rd season at St. Thomas and 29th overall in the MIAC. He blogs periodically on various topics regarding the Tommies, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and Division III sports.
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