PETER F. QUINLAN, Class of 1980

Class of 1980
Inducted in 1992

Voted the most Outstanding Athlete of the Class of 1980 at Lowell High School, Peter Quinlan earned a reputation as one of the most versatile Red Raider athletes of recent years.

On the gridiron, Peter displayed outstanding athleticism by performing at no fewer than 9 different positions–from quarterback to nose tackle. A two-year starter for coach Walter Nelson, Peter achieved All-Star status as a senior tight end/linebacker while serving as Lowell High School’s 1979 Captain. He was the recipient of the prestigious Ray Riddick award that year.

On the diamond, Peter excelled as a two-year starter for coach George Cunha, playing all of the infield positions and catcher during his career. After leading the 18–4 Eastern Mass Class A semi-finalist Red Raiders in home runs, triples, and RBI’s in 1979, Peter captained the 1980 Raider Squad.

Peter was also an All-Star for the zone 5 champion Lowell American Legion Team, leading the team in home runs, triples, and RBI’s.

Peter matriculated at Holy Cross, where he blossomed into a 3-year letter-winner and 2 year starter at middle guard. During a stellar career in which he accumulated 217 tackles, Peter received numerous honors. He culminated an outstanding career for the Crusaders by being named Holy Cross’s outstanding defensive lineman, a 1st team ECAC All-Star and an Honorable Mention All-American as Holy Cross advanced to the NCAA 1-AA playoffs in 1983.

 Peter also performed for Pittsburgh of the USFL and had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers in 1985.

Induction Year: 1992
Graduation/Class Year: 1980
Gender: Male
LHS Sports Played: Baseball, Football
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College: Holy Cross College
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Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh tryout played for the USFL
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