Rick Sager honored by Montgomery County for services

Rick Sager, right, who was recently inducted into the American Football Association’s National Hall of Fame, received a proclamation from the Montgmomery County Legislature Tuesday. To the left is Chairman Robert Headwell, who presented the proclamation. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators gave a “surprise” proclamation to Rick Sager for his service as Emergency Management deputy director and congratulated his recent induction into the American Football Association’s National Hall of Fame.

“We have an all-star among us,” said Chairman Robert Headwell as he presented Sager with the proclamation. “Montgomery County congratulates Rick Sager for being conducted into the American Football Association National Hall of Fame.”

Sager played defensive back and safety for the Glove City Colonials from 1978 to 1981 and served as assistant defensive coach and assistant coach for the Colonials from 1998 through 1999, becoming the head coach in 2000.

Sager helped to revive the Amsterdam Zephyrs in 2004 bringing semi-football back into the community. He served as executive vice president to the team from 2004 to 2011. In 2010 and 2011 Sager was the special projects coordinator. He now serves as the Empire Football league deputy commissioner and statistician for the league.

“Sager is dedicated, knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile for the team and staff and whereas Sager’s career, Sager has spent countless hours planning has been described as knowing every aspect of the game. These traits have benefited not only the players, but the sport as a whole,” Headwell stated from the proclamation. “Thank you all,” Sager said. “This is the second time people have gotten me speechless. This is a tremendous honor bestowed by you. It leads right up to getting the ring”

By Patricia Older

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