Matt Dugan: Bishop Carroll’s ‘Forever Senior’

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The Bishop Carroll football team had a tough finish to their season, losing last Friday to Goddard. But come next year, the Golden Eagles will once again be one of the favorites to bring home a state title, thanks in large part to their secret weapon Matt Dugan.

“Whenever he’s around people, he just brings smiles to their faces,” says Bishop Carroll senior offensive lineman Samuel Nance.

BC senior wide receiver Ethan Lopez describes Matt as “a blessing to this community. He’s always looking out for everybody, and no matter what he’s going to be there for us.” But the funny thing is that Matt didn’t even go to Bishop Carroll. He graduated from Maize in 2002. But he did have three brothers who graduated from Bishop Carroll, and it didn’t take long for Matt to start leaving an impact.

Matt, who has Down syndrome, may not be running plays on the field. But ask anyone in the Bishop Carroll football program, and they’ll tell you that Matt is one of the most (if not the most) important players on the team.

Bishop Carroll Head Coach Alan Schuckman puts it best: “I don’t look at Matt as being special. I mean…he’s a special person. And he’s as big a part of our program as anybody in it. He absolutely has made me a better coach. Because it’s not about winning, it’s not about losing…it’s about having a good positive attitude. And that’s what I’ve learned from Matt. If more people were like Matt Dugan, this world would be a much better place.”