Charlie Wysocki took the field at Maryland Stadium on Oct. 20, 2012, and reveled in the cheers he thought would have fizzled out a long time ago. The Terps had lost their homecoming contest against North Carolina State, 20-18. But Wysocki was celebrating a homecoming of his own that day. After a 30-year hiatus, the former Terrapins football star was being welcomed back to campus as an honorary captain. With a booming voice, the announcer heralded Wysocki’s accomplishments in a Terps uniform: eight 100-yard rushing games in a single season…
“Saddle up Charlie” song
-by Kevin Whitey O’Kane
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There is no sugar coating Charlie’s life, it’s been a challenge! However, Charlie is a tremendous person and I have developed a friendship with him over the past two years. Charlie has helped me personally become a more complete person and it’s been a blessing to try and learn more about him and what he has overcome in his life.
Charlie worked for me in 2013. He is compassionate, friendly, and full of good ideas. He is a wonderful role model and mentor to individuals who struggle with mental illness. His unique story and success have been and will continue to be an inspiration to many.
I am a police officer with the University of Maryland in College Park. I have worked here at UMCP since 1988. I had occasion to “meet up” with Charlie in April of 1995. We had a call for a suspicious person who wanted to watch TV in Annapolis Hall.
This past spring the Elizabeth HS football team was honored to have a special guest, former University of Maryland great Charlie Wysoscki. Charlie was introduced by New Jersey football legend and former NFL player Dave D’Addio.