Sacred Heart University football player killed in crash

Magnetic. Charismatic. Larger than life.

It was Cyrenius “Cy” Ménard, say those who knew him.

The 19-year-old Sacred Heart University of Fairfield football player died when he was ejected in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the southbound lanes of Highway 17 at Saddle River in the late morning of Friday May 6th.

Just two weeks ago, Cy announced that he was committed to playing for Sacred Heart University. This Instagram post has received nearly 1,500 comments — mostly condolences — and more than 3,600 likes as of Saturday, May 7.

Menard had attended St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, before enrolling at St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, New London County, Connecticut.

“Cy attended STM throughout the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year,” St. Thomas More wrote in a Facebook post. “He enrolled at Sacred Heart University in January and was excelling as a student and football player this spring on their campus, just as he did here with us.”

Sacred Heart football head coach Mark Nofri said Ménard “was a great young man” in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Cy will forever be a member of the SHU football family,” Nofri said.

Anthony Galella, one of Menard’s youth football coaches with the Bergen County Stars, remembered him as brave.

When he was 10 years old, Ménard was too old to play with his team in a national tournament. And so, he played with the 12-year-olds.

“Everyone was in awe of that – how he could emotionally and physically deal with playing with the bigger kids,” Galella said.

“He had one of those magnetic personalities, an amazing smile. Everyone who knew him loved him and considered him part of the family – he was larger than life.”

The BC Stars penned a tribute to Ménard, saying nothing but “the only thing greater than his stature was his heart”.

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