Eddie Delaney, B.A.'11; Head Coach Bob Ford; and Robert Paeglow, M.D., B.S.'76, posed for a photo recently. Delaney received a scholarship named for the coach; Paeglow played football for Ford in the 1970s.
If Great Danes defensive end Eddie Delaney has a long-sleeved shirt in his locker, University at Albany Head Coach Bob Ford hasn’t seen him put it on. All long sleeves would do is disguise the truth: Delaney was born without a left hand.Might as well let the offensive line know. See if they can stop him. Good luck. They haven’t thus far. “One hand or two hands, it comes down to whether you can play,” Delaney said.
Since joining the UAlbany football program in 2007, Delaney’s contributions have been steady and significant. As a freshman, he caught the attention of his coaches and teammates with his passion and performance on the scout team. Practices were his games, and his intensity was contagious.
The following year, Delaney became a starter at left defensive end and made the All-Northeast Conference second team. Last season, he made the conference’s first team after recording 41 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss.
“He has great quickness, tremendous strength, and an intense desire to excel,” Ford said. “Those things are more important than playing with two hands.”
Delaney finished his undergraduate work last spring but has one season of eligibility left because he redshirted his freshman season. This year, he will take graduate courses in communications.
Read more about Eddie in the Fall 2011 UAlbany Magazine.
As a University at Albany undergraduate, Robert Paeglow, M.D., B.S.’76, played football for four years for Coach Ford.
He recalls: “When I came here, I nearly had been the high school dropout. Coach Ford became like a surrogate father to me. He really helped me by modeling [positive] behavior. I had been going through a troubling time in my life; the 1960s and early ‘70s were very unsettling times for an adolescent trying to figure out who he was and what the world was all about. Coach Ford was very much a stabilizing force in my life. I can’t say enough to thank him for what he has meant to me.”
After graduation, Paeglow worked in the radiology department at Albany Medical Center, but “it was my goal to go into medicine.” In 1990, at age 36, he enrolled at Albany Medical College, graduating at 40 at the top of his class.
Initially, Paeglow “did medical missions all over the world,” including Mozambique and Haiti, but he “had a vision to establish a clinic in my old neighborhood, West Hill in Albany, where I grew up. I moved back there 10 years ago and opened a clinic with my wife Liliane, who is my nurse.”
At Compassion in Action/Koinonia Primary Care, Paeglow still feels Ford’s inspiration: “He’s probably responsible for a lot of what I do. If I hadn’t had his influence in my life, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done. As a physician, healer and educator, I want to do what I can to boost and inspire opportunities for education. To be a party to that is