It’s not often that players get to go from the Boston College High Eagles to just the Boston College Eagles. BC High is no college football factory but occasionally, we do pick up some talent from out in Dorchester. Michael Gaffney successfully made that leap, though there was a step in between.
Gaffney began in high school at BC High, where his three listed positions were inside and outside linebacker and fullback. He spent one year in junior varsity before moving up, and started at linebacker in each of his last two years. Between those two combined seasons, Gaffney totaled exactly 200 tackles, and following his senior year, he was invited to play in the Agganis All-Star Football Classic. Apparently, Gaffney left his first Eagles team in 2011 as a graduate and, like so many other prospective players do, spent a year at prep school. His spot was at Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire, where he had just one season playing for the Big Red. There, Gaffney retained a starting role as a linebacker but also played on the offensive line as a guard.
Gaffney is set to be a walk-on for this team at linebacker, but going to Boston College might not have been a tough decision. His father attended BC, meaning the Gaffneys now have a nice legacy thing going.
It’s not likely we’ll see Gaffney on the field this year, but he’s still got something that not a lot of people have: status as a Double Eagle. We should all be so lucky.