Former FDU football player scores off the field
By Karthik Aggarwal
June 10, 2019 — Together, football, policing and education, have shaped alumnus John Miscia’s life.
Miscia, BA’00 (Flor), MAS’15 (Metro), earned his graduate degree while working full-time as a Madison Police Department detective, and is a former FDU football star, who played offensive line during his undergraduate career.
“Making the transition from high school to college was challenging,” says Miscia. “Early on, being on my own and having a schedule taught me accountability. I had to get to class on time, football practices and meetings at night.”
But now Miscia has succeeded both on and off the field, rising up the ranks of the Madison Police Department to become second in command and being inducted into the University’s Division III Hall of Fame in 2014.
“It was a great honor. I really loved that my kids and wife, who never saw me play, got to see me inducted,” he says. “They’ve heard many stories and it was something I enjoyed sharing with them.”
Leadership, a skill Miscia says he developed in graduate school, goes hand-in-hand with his daily lieutenant duties. He oversees the department’s patrol division, internal affairs, and SWAT as commander for each.
“The classes that I took taught me how to deal with all different types of people and provided me with leadership qualities I didn’t know I had inside of me,” he says. “They taught me to lead by example.”
Setting an example is also central to Miscia’s most important roles: husband of over a decade and father to three young children.
His son Michael plays football in the Florham Park-East Hanover Youth Football Program — Miscia coaches the team. Michael wears the same number, 64, that his dad did during his days on the field at FDU.
Is there a football future for Michael at FDU? Miscia says with a chuckle, “He always talks about it, so maybe one day!”