Many people in the Akron area never knew who Al Letta was.
But to the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish family, he remains in their memories. The volunteer equipment manager for the football team passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 82 and since the season started, the football team has worn a sticker on their helmets in honor of him.
Additionally, the team sends out a rememberance in cyberspace via its Twitter feed dedicating each game in Letta’s memory.
Letta was selected an Irish Crusader and honored by Mayor Don Plusquellic with a proclamation in 2008, according to St. V-M athletic director Andy Jalwan.
“He was just as much a part of the team as any coach or player,” he said.