John D. Sinnott '80
Hometown: Middletown, RI
Year Inducted: 1986
Other Sports Played: Track & Field
The first team honors accorded John Sinnott have a monotonous ring to them: All-Ivy first team (junior and senior years), All-ECAC first team, All-New England first team (junior and senior years), and All-East first team (N.Y. Times). A consistent, outstanding blocker, Sinnott was co-captain of the team his senior year, when he won Brown's Top Offensive Lineman Award. Sinnott has earned a starting position on the offensive line of the Cubs team his freshman year, and he never looked back - he started every game his sophomore and junior years. Coach Anderson considered him the best offensive lineman in the Ivy League. And his career as a shot putter was nothing to dismiss either - he was undefeated in dual meets his freshman and sophomore years, set a freshman record of 56'4" (the best throw by a freshman in New England that season), competed in the IC4A Championships as a sophomore, and was voted All-Ivy and All-New England. Upon graduating, Sinnott was the third round draft choice of the St Louis Cardinals - the first New England player chosen. He played for two years with the Giants, and recalls one memorable game against the San Diego Chargers, a team that commemorates each score - be it a touchdown, or a field goal - with the firing of a cannon. "The cannon would go off right behind the visiting bench, and the upshot was that not only did we LOSE 44-0, we were deaf after the game." Sinnott spent two years with the Colts, and "finally achieved a starting position" with that team. He left professional sports for a year to do volunteer work in Haiti - "Raising building and chickens, fixing wells in villages and working to supply a hospital. I was there during the revolution, and worked a few days for ABC-TV as a guide and translator. Kept my head down during the shooting." This fall Sinnott had the opportunity to go to Great Britain with the National Football League Players Association to give a clinic to help the British learn more about "American football. I worked with one of the established leagues there called the Budweiser League." Sinnott is currently working in Middletown, Rhode Island, for GB Company as a project manager.