St. Rita Grad Tells Historic Story

By: Tim O'Brien, The Beverly Review

Tim Maher is a self-proclaimed “dees, dems and does” kind of guy. He joked that he’s not a good speller and recently went to the library for the first time in years.

However, that hasn’t stopped the 1971 St. Rita High School graduate from writing a new book about a St. Rita football team that made history in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL).

Maher recently released his self-published book, “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust,” the story of the 1970 St. Rita football team that became city champions.

Maher was a senior and captain on the team that finished 9-2-1, ultimately beating Lane Tech in front of a crowd of over 65,000 at Soldier Field to win the Prep Bowl championship.

“I’ve been in sports all my life. I knew that we as a team had done something special,” Maher said. “I didn’t know how special until I started looking into it. No team had done what we did. We were ‘Hoosiers with helmets on.’”