PISCATAWAY, NJ – Bert Kosup, one of the greatest quarterbacks in Rutgers football history, will be among the honorees at The New Jersey Sports Writers Association 68th Anniversary Banquet, to be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Pines Manor in Edison. Kosup will be inducted into the N.J. Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.
Kosup, who came to Rutgers in 1973 from J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, was one of the top quarterbacks to ever play for the Scarlet Knights. He was at the controls during the “Perfect Season” of 1976 when Rutgers posted an unblemished 11-0 record and finished the year ranked No. 17 in the country. As a sophomore in 1974, he threw for over 1,000-yards and guided Rutgers to that season’s NCAA high of 781 yards total offense (against Colgate). A shoulder injury idled him the following season, but Kosup came back in 1976 to guide the Scarlet Knights to national acclaim with the undefeated season.
Kosup was the Homer Hazel Trophy winner as Rutgers’ Most Valuable Player in 1977, after throwing for nearly 1,500 yards and guiding the Scarlet Knights to an 8-3 record as a senior. Kosup was also the recipient of the Leslie Coursen Award, as the University’s top male athlete. Upon his graduation, Kosup was the top passer in Rutgers history, throwing for 3,613 career yards (he is still No. 5 on the all-time list). Kosup led the Scarlet Knights in passing yards and total offense in 1974, 1976 and 1977, but perhaps his most important statistic is the team’s record in his three years as the starting quarterback: 26-6-1.
Kosup’s son Michael is currently a sophomore member of the Scarlet Knights’ golf team.
The annual function will begin at11:30 a.m. Among those also to be honored
include Jack McKeon, who guided the Florida Marlins to the 2003 World Series
and will receive the “Man of the Year” and “Manager of the
Year” awards; New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, the “Baseball Good
Guy”; former New York Knicks’ great Walt Frazier, the Distinguished
Service Award; New Jersey Devils great Ken Danyeko, who will join Kosup as a
Hall of Fame inductee; and heavyweight boxing great Gerry Cooney, who will receive
the “Boxing Good Guy” award. For more information or to obtain tickets
to the event, contact the N.J. Sports Writers Association at 877-257-0798.