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Zenon: "Blessing" to have jersey retired

Tony Zenon had his jersey number retired at Deerfield-Windsor on Friday night. / Matthew Doyle

Deerfield-Windsor retired Tony Zenon's jersey number on Friday, recognizing one of the greatest running backs in the school's history.

He played for the Knights from 2006-09 and finished his career with 5,688 rushing yards and 65 rushing touchdowns. He also had 27 rushing touchdowns in 2009 and 6,980 all-purpose yards in his career. He holds the school record for all of those accomplishments.

The ceremony on Friday gave Zenon the opportunity to be with a community that he said means "EVERYTHING" to him, as they welcomed him with open arms after Hurricane Katrina.

The memories he built as a Knight returned from sight of the Friday night lights to the smell of the locker room, and he called it a "blessing" to have his number retired by the school that helped him reach the point he is at today.

"Coming to Deerfield-Windsor, you know, it being a private school, of course the education comes first," Zenon said. "And that's been instilled in my head, you know, by the coaches, by my teachers, by my family, and that's helped me a long way."

Zenon now works with facility maintenance at an investment and commercial real estate firm, and when it comes to football, he says that he enjoys being a spectator.

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