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Alumni Update - Mike Czerwien (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

GREENVILLE, Pa. – In honor of the 60th anniversary of its creation in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recently released its 60th anniversary football team. Waynesburg University was represented amongst the 60 honorees by four of the finest players to ever suit up for the Yellow Jackets after the program joined the PAC in 1990.

Waynesburg's four honorees are Ryan Abel, Scott Cree, Mike Czerwien and Adam Moses.

 

Czerwien, a North Hills graduate, spent four years as one of the finest defensive players in the PAC. By the time he hung up his cleats, Czerwien was a four-time, first-team All-PAC selection and was named the PAC Player of the Year in 2007. Along with his conference accolades, the Pittsburgh native saw his name etched in the national record book when he ended his playing career as the NCAA's all-division career sack leader (53.5).

 

 

He also racked up 86.5 tackles for loss and 273 career tackles. Czerwien was honored as a member of four different All-American teams and participated on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-Star team for the 2007 Aztec Bowl game. His efforts on the field caught the attention of the Indianapolis Colts, which traveled to Waynesburg to give Czerwien a tryout following his senior season.


He was a two-year member of the Jacket coaching staff following his playing days. Sadly, Czerwien passed away on July 6, 2010, as a result of an incident he suffered during part-time employment for a local construction contractor.