- Position: Safety
- School: Widener
- High School: Haddon Township, NJ (Pope Paul VI HS)
- Years: 1978-1981
- Inducted: 1998
- Place of Birth: Oaklyn, NJ
- Date of Birth: Feb 04, 1960
- Jersey Number: 13
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 192
Member BiographyTom Deery was a defensive back at Widener four years and
was named All-America by the American Coaches Association
and the Associated Press three years -- 1979, 1980,
He was in 43 games, including post-season playoffs, and
piled up these figures: 126 unassisted tackles, 44
assisted tackles, 32 interceptions.
He also returned kicks. In 1981, he made a 100-yard
kickoff return against Montclair and a 76-yard punt
return against Dayton. In 1979 he made a 74-yard
interception return and 59-yard punt return against
Albright and a 48-yard punt return against Johns Hopkins.
In his career he ran back 45 punts, averaging 11.3 yards,
and 21 kickoffs, averaging 23 yards.
Deery stood 6-2 and weighed 192. The Eastern College
Athletic Conference named him Player of the Year, 1980
and 1981. The New York Times placed him on its All-East
team in 1980 and 1981.
Widener's record each of his four seasons was 8-1, 10-1,
11-1, 13-0. This made a total of 42-3. Widener was a
semi-finalist in NCAA Division III playoffs in 1979 and
1980 and won Division III in 1981. Widener beat Dayton
17-10 for the championship. Deery was named Most
Valuable Player for the game.