It’s nice to see good things happen to good people, and Maryland center Sal Conaboy is all most accounts a very good guy. He’s a former U.S. Marshals intern, the president of Maryland’s Uplifting Athletes chapter (which raises money for cystic fibrosis, a degenerative genetic lung and digestive disease), an all-ACC academic teamer, and of course serves on Randy Edsall and Maryland football’s aptly named leadership council. So yeah, he’s used to accolades.
But what’s one more! Conaboy was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, an award that goes to the best center in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The award is named after two time, first-team all-American Dave Rimington of Nebraska, and the committee itself functions to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Former Terps quarterback and NFL analyst Boomer Esiason and his foundation, the Boomer Esiason Foundation, oversees the trophy. Esiason’s son Gunnar suffers from cystic fibrosis himself.
Conaboy has started 14 straight games at center for the Terrapins, including all 13 last season. Maryland reached 3,000 yards rushing for the first time since 1994 behind him last year, and Conaboy has played in 27 games overall (starting 22) during his three year career at Maryland.
Jot Conaboy down as the third Maryland player to be named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, joining Melvin Fowler (’01), Kyle Schmit (’03 and ’04) and Edwin Williams (’08).
It would probably mean a lot to Conaboy to win the award, given that he is clearly quite passionate about doing what he can to help fight a debilitating disease like cystic fibrosis and the award being linked directly to that.
Side note: mine and future Terp Melo Trimble’s high school, Bishop O’Connell, is actively involved with the Esiason Foundation to fight cystic fibrosis. I played hockey with (and currently still do) a sufferer of the disease, and seeing it firsthand is tragic. It’s a daily painful disease that requires daily treatment. I’ll shamelessly plug SuperDance (their fundraiser supporting CF research) and the page to donate any chance I get. So if you’d like to make a donation, head here. For the Esiason Foudation, here.