Tuesday, January 23rd

Al Alvarez

Colonia High School class of 1975

Al was an excellent athlete at Colonia High School (football, track and field) in the early to mid -1970’s.

In football, Al was named to the 1974 Middlesex County Coaches first team at offensive guard. The News Tribune (Mike Balint) said, “college coaches have drooled over this Colonia guard’s techniques. His quickness helps him get out in front of outside running plays, and he seldom seemed bothered by playing two ways” (December, 1974). CHS was ranked #18 in The Star Ledger final top twenty poll. The team concluded an 8-2 season and won the Middlesex County Athletic Conference Title. After the season, Coach Joe Martino had the following to say about Al and his twin brother Caesar, “two fine kids who rate as high as any kids we’ve had.” “They are top quality kids, and I’m sure they will find a job” (in reference to their college choice).

Following high school, Al was off, with his twin brother Caesar, to the University of Virginia where he lettered in Cavalier football during three seasons; 1976, 1977 and 1978. (Source: UVA football media guide—on line)

Tragically, Al passed away suddenly about eight years ago. Following law school at Boston College Law School (class of 1982), he worked for the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office. Later, Al owned his own law firm and was a corporate attorney. He handled many pro bono cases for needy people. Al had a “heart of gold” helping strangers, friends and family. He was married and enjoyed four Doberman pinchers. Peter Alvarez, accepted the Hall of Fame Award for him.