Evan Tryforos is the best linebacker in the history of Glen Rock High School Football.
Glen Rock High School won five consecutive Group 1 State Sectional Football Championships from 1998 through 2002. In that “Golden Age of Panther Football” under Coach and Hall of Fame inductee Al Deaett, the most dominant of those five teams was the 1999 team that has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. That team’s offensive line was led by Center Evan Tryforos and its defense was led by Linebacker Evan Tryforos.
The 1999 Football Team was undefeated (12-0), scoring a total of 579 points (a New Jersey state record) and allowing only 95 points. As Team Tri-Captain, on offense, Evan protected Hall of Fame inductee Scott Stephen’s direction of an offense that averaged nearly 50 points per game, and, on defense, he blocked passes, forced fumbles and scored touchdowns to lead a defensive unit that barely allowed a touchdown per game. He was credited with a school record 151 tackles (95 solo), 13 sacks and 9 forced fumbles, 6 recovered fumbles and two touchdowns from fumble recoveries (each over 50 yards).
At the end of the season, Evan was named to the First Team, All County Defense and First Team, All Suburban Defense. Coach Deaett called him “the (school’s) best linebacker ever” and “without a doubt the best defensive player I’ve ever coached.”
In addition to his football success, Evan earned four Varsity letters as a leader of the school’s Wrestling Team. As a junior, his pin of his opponent secured Glen Rock’s first ever State Sectional Championship (Group 1). He ended the season being named to the Second Team, All League and First Team, All Suburban. As a senior, he helped lead his team to a second consecutive State Sectional Championship (Group 1) (and a #1 ranking in Groups 1 & 2 in Bergen County). As an individual, he ended up finishing second in the District Championship and then again finishing second in the Regional Championship, and was selected to the Second Team, All County and First Team, All Suburban. Evan also competed for the school’s Track & Field Team.
After graduating from GRHS, Evan attended Columbia University, where he started on the team’s defense unit for all four years and was a leading tackler. He is working as an independent technology consultant in New York.