It takes a special kind of athlete to play at Boston College. Ask any fan, coach or administrator and they will tell you that the types of players that BC looks for are good players that are willing to put in the work to become great.
There are a lot of players that came to mind that embodied those characteristics. Ryan Edquist, Darius Wade, Michael Kim and Zachary Allen all received votes for BCI’s award for Male Athlete that Most Embodies What it Means to be a BC Eagle.
However, the player that ultimately won is tight end Tommy Sweeney, a rising senior on the Boston College Eagles’ football team.
Sweeney is a player that very much rose through the system during his time here at BC. He redshirted his freshman year, and saw limited playing time his redshirt freshman year. However, through perseverance and grit, he got more touches his sophomore year, the 2016 campaign, setting up a big year for the Ramsey, N.J. native.
Sweeney more than rose to the occasion. He led the Eagles in receptions (36), receiving yards (512) and receiving touchdowns (4). He was named to the All-ACC third team, the first BC tight end to receive All-ACC accolades since Ryan Purvis in 2008.
Sweeney’s big moment in the spotlight, however, came at the Pinstripe Bowl. Sweeney had seven receptions for 137 yards and a 48-yard touchdown in the Eagles’ effort.