Steve Foley ’71 Earns Jesuit a Place in Super Bowl History
As part of the nationwide kickoff to the Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL launched the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative recognizing schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football.
High schools across the nation, and around the world, will receive a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools, will be recognized. Players and coaches have the opportunity to personally deliver golden footballs.
Steve Foley, a 1971 graduate of Jesuit High School, presented the special Golden Football to his alma mater at morning assembly, on Friday, Jan. 29. Foley played his entire 11-year NFL career (1976–1986) as a safety with the Denver Broncos after one year (1975) with the Jacksonville Express of the World Football League.
As a member of the Denver Broncos “Orange Crush” Defense, Foley played in the Super Bowl twice. He was a starter in Super Bowl XII against the Dallas Cowboys and played in Super Bowl XXI (his final game) against the New York Giants. The Broncos lost both of these games.
Foley scored two touchdowns in his career, both of which came in 1984. He returned a fumble 22 yards on October 15 against the Green Bay Packers and an interception 40 yards on December 15 against the Seattle Seahawks. These scores were key contributions to Broncos’ victories.
After a stellar career as a quarterback at Jesuit High School and Tulane University, Foley successfully converted to defensive back for his pro-career.
At Jesuit, Steve excelled in track and football. As Jesuit’s quarterback in 1971, Steve led the Jays to an 8-3 record. He was First-Team All-District his senior year.
At Tulane, Steve’s career really took off. Taking over as Tulane’s starting quarterback in his sophomore year, he guided the Wave to a 6-5 record. As a junior he led Tulane to a 9-2 record that included a 14-0 win over LSU at old Tulane Stadium before 87,000 fans. It was Tulane’s first win over the Tigers in 25 years. He was the team MVP that season after leading the team in both passing and rushing yards. In his senior year, he led the Wave to a 5-0 start before breaking his foot. Steve earned a business degree and then was drafted in the 8th round by Denver.
After his retirement from the NFL, Steve became involved in real-estate development and, recently, oil and gas drilling. He has been an active member of the Denver community most significantly with the Denver Street School, a second-chance school for students who have been expelled from the public school system. The school aims to transform these students into self-sufficient, productive citizens. Steve is a member of the board of directors of the Denver Street School and the National Association of Street Schools.
Steve’s wife, Cindy, is part of Jesuit history also, as a member of the very first Blue Jay cheerleading squad with girls. Steve and Cindy have been married for 36 years and have two children, David and Natalie, and eight grandchildren. Their son David attended Jesuit Regis High School in Denver.