John Vrionis may have been the finest, most versatile amateur athlete in the 172-year history of Fordham Prep. As a high schooler, he scored twenty points against future NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem... More > Abdul-Jabbar, and while playing for the Pensacola Goshawks, he caught touchdown passes thrown by 1963 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Roger Staubach. Owing to his athletic versatility, speed and grace, he was often called "the Greek god."
When he was forty-one years old, fortune reversed itself. Two major illnesses--chronic, progressive Multiple Sclerosis and lymphoma--challenged John with previously unimagined obstacles. He faced his perplexing trials with trusting in his lifelong faith, a positive outlook, and the steadfast love of his courageous wife and family.< Less