When Jarred Dwyer was a young boy growing up in Lynn, his grandfather, Bob Dwyer, bought him an Agganis All-Star football jersey.
Jarred never forgot the generosity or intention of his grandfather’s prescient gift.
“I couldn’t wait for the day that I could wear one and do him proud,” said Jarred, after receiving his official game jersey Sunday morning at Manning Field.
A football captain at Lynn English last fall, Dwyer is a member of the North squad for the 49th Annual Agganis All-Star Classic to be played Wednesday night.
Dwyer’s connection to Lynn football, the former Manning Bowl and Manning Field goes back a long way. Jarred played a decade in the East Lynn Bulldogs Pop Warner program and four years of football at Lynn English.
“I played in the old Manning Bowl and came to play at the new field when it first opened, before the stands were here,” said Dwyer.
Dwyer enjoyed an excellent career for the Bulldogs, becoming a solid two-way player under head coach Peter Holey. The handsome 6-foot-1-inch athlete received Northeastern Conference and Item All-Star honors, the Item Player of the Week Award, and a much-deserved invitation to play in the Agganis Football Classic.
He joins English teammates Sam Hill, Taron Seaforth, and Joshua Baseman on the North squad. They’ve been a big part of the resurgence of the English football program that enjoyed a winning campaign last fall and has high hopes for the upcoming season.
The Dwyer family’s contribution to Lynn football through the years is noteworthy and highly commendable. Jarred’s father, Bob was volunteer in East Lynn Pop Warner for several years, serving three terms as president. He had carried on the tradition of his father, Bob, a long-time and popular employee at the Item, who led the East Lynn football and cheerleading organization in the 1980s. Jarred’s sister, Amanda, was an East Lynn cheerleader and also excelled in cheerleading at Lynn English.
“Pop Warner football was a part of our life growing up,” said Bob Dwyer. “My father worked real hard at it and I’m sure later on down the road Jarred will do the same.”
The Agganis Football Classic has tremendous significance for Jarred Dwyer. He’s lived Lynn football his whole life and knows the legendary status of Harry Agganis. The All-Star Classic gives Jarred Dwyer one more opportunity to play on the field that holds so many happy memories for him and his family.
“I just want thank my head coach, Peter Holey, my father, my grandfather, my mother, and my sister for all they’ve done for me,” said Jarred. “This will be my last game at this field. It’s going to be a hard thing leaving this field for the last time. I had a lot of good years here.”