Football and family: Georgetown’s Lucido is now the third generation to wear the special issue 48 | Local sports
Jack Lucido didn’t know the Georgetown coaching team very well when he signed up to play his very first season of competitive tackle football in his sophomore year, but he had to ask for a special request.
“I texted the coach saying if I could get number 48 it would mean a lot to me,” Lucido said. “After I told him why, he was like ‘yes of course! “”
A strange request for sure.
But in the Lucido family, this jersey number connects more than 70 years of family football history spanning three generations – despite being in different cities.
Exactly 60 years ago, Jack’s grandfather, Joe Lucido, was senior co-captain at Gloucester High (class of 62). He was a running back and defensive back and, you guessed it, wore number 48 to follow in the footsteps of his own older brothers, Jack (SGH class of 49) and Sam (SGH class of 55).
Jack and Sam were also running backs, with Jack pursuing a distinguished college career playing at Norwich University.
They were the catalysts that started the family trend.
Joe Lucido went on to have two boys who also played for Gloucester High, Anthony (GHS class of ’86) and Jack’s father, Pete, (GHS class of ’89). Anthony was a tri-captain for the Fisherman in his senior year, and his younger brother Pete continued this tradition when he was also named his senior co-captain.
And yes, they both wore # 48.
“I don’t think there was originally any meaning to that number,” Pete said. “After my Uncle Jack wore it, I think my dad and his other brother just followed suit.
“And then, child, you want to be like your father, don’t you?” That’s why my older brother and I chose to wear it, and now it’s passed down to another generation.
And besides the jersey number, a few months ago Jack – who is now a senior at Georgetown – was told he would be triple captain this fall, following another Lucido family football tradition. His older nephew, Kyle, who graduated in 2011. was also recently captain at Gloucester.
“It definitely means a lot to me,” said Jack. “I can continue on the legacy of my family.
And it might not end with Jack. His younger brother, Carter, is a sophomore on the Georgetown football team this year.
SLOWER START IN FOOTBALL
One of the few differences between Jack and his predecessors is that he only started playing competitive football in high school.
His father and grandfather, on the other hand, was a whole different story.
“We started playing at Gloucester when we were in second year,” said Pete. “We all played. In Gloucester, football is the sport of the city. I watched my older brother play and tried to emulate his work ethic. And, of course, my dad was the captain and my uncle was quite the player, so we were always there.
“But we didn’t force Jack to participate.”
As the offspring of athletes, Jack has always had a fondness for sports. He’s now a star in three sports for Georgetown (football, basketball, baseball) – and will be captain five times when he graduates next July. But he grew up playing 7v7 football with his friends.
It wasn’t until arriving at Georgetown High that Jack was convinced to give it a try.
“My freshman year, people were telling me I should try football,” Jack said. “I was like, ‘maybe’, but I wasn’t too sure. But (Georgetown and current Holy Cross star) Hunter Lane and (record-breaking Royals quarterback) Stephen MacDonald, who plays at WPI, were both really big influences in getting me to play.
“Plus, we’re a big football family. So it only made sense.
It was a smart move.
In sophomore, Lucido had 40 passes for 628 yards and five touchdowns for the Royals. Now the 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver is receiving offers from NESCAC schools, with Wesleyan being his first choice at the moment.
“I would definitely say football is my # 1 sport now,” said Jack.
‘FACEBOOK BEFORE FACEBOOK’
It might take 40 minutes to drive from Gloucester to Georgetown, but Joe has no problem doing it to watch his grandchildren play.
In fact, that’s what he prefers to do.
“He loves coming to games,” said Jack. “And I still love to see him there.”
Even at 78, Joe still runs Lucido’s Barber Shop in Gloucester, where he has worked for 58 years. But that loyalty to work and family is what the Lucidos seem to be.
“My dad was Facebook and Twitter before Facebook and Twitter,” Pete said with a laugh. “He knows everyone in town thanks to the hairdressing salon.
And if you’ve been to Gloucester or Georgetown football programs for the past 70 years, you probably know the Lucido family quite well, too.
The surname is synonymous with football. And, of course, with the number 48.
“The fact that Jack has the number and the namesake is pretty cool to see,” Pete said. “We didn’t have a fall 2 season in the spring so it will be really nice to see him run again with that number in a few weeks. It is quite special.
But, for Jack, this decision was obvious.
“Family is everything,” he said. “We all like each other very much. “
LUCIDO FOOTBALL GENERAL TREE
Name School YOG Captain
Jack Lucido Gloucester 1949 Yes
Sam Lucido Gloucester 1955 Yes
Joe Lucido Gloucester 1962 Yes
Anthony Lucido Gloucester 1986 Yes
Pete Lucido Gloucester 1989 Yes
Kyle Lucido Gloucester 2011 Yes
Jack Lucido Georgetown 2022 Yes
Carter Lucido Georgetown 2024 –