Feb. 9, 2007
ST. LOUIS - Pat Leahy, a member of three men's soccer national championship teams at Saint Louis University, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.
Leahy played soccer for SLU from 1969-72, helping the Billikens advance to the national title game all four years. He was a valued member of the 1969, 1970 and 1972 teams that grabbed national championships in what was one of the best eras in the storied tradition of SLU soccer. In his standout career, Leahy netted 11 goals and assisted on five others for 27 career points.
Following his soccer career at SLU, Leahy joined the National Football League's New York Jets in 1974. The league's Most Valuable Player in 1990, Leahy finished his impressive 18-year career with the Jets as the team's all-time leading scorer, a record he still holds. Leahy retired from professional football in 1992 as the NFL's third all-time leading scorer with 1,470 points in 250 games, which ranked fifth in NFL history.
A native St. Louisan and a member of the Billiken Hall of Fame, Leahy is still involved with SLU athletics. In 1992, he established the Pat Leahy Soccer Scholarship Endowment Fund, which benefits fifth-year Billiken soccer players.
Leahy is one of 16 individuals included in the 2007 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame class. Other inductees include St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty, National Baseball Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter and legendary St. Louis sportscaster Jay Randolph, Sr.