After 29 years of playing off-campus, Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium was built on the grounds of St. Thomas Aquinas High
School in the summer of 1975. The Raiders christened the new stadium with an opening night victory over rival Cardinal Gibbons,
14-6, on September 19, 1975.
The stadium is named in honor of Brian Piccolo who graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas (then known as Central Catholic) in
1961. Brian went on to star at Wake Forest University where he led the nation in rushing yards his senior year. Despite being
undrafted the All-American halfback signed with the Chicago Bears in 1965 and played 4 years in the NFL.
On June 16, 1970 at the age of 26 years, Brian died of a rare form of cancer.
His life was memorialized by the motion picture, “Brian’s Song”, and in the best-selling biography, Brian Piccolo, A Short
Season, by Jeannie Morris.
Brian Piccolo Stadium