Posted: 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

McDermott brothers leave long football legacy at Palm Beach Central

McDermott boys
From left to right: Tyler McDermott, Shane McDermott, Kc McDermott. (Photo Courtesy the McDermott Family)


Park Vista vs Palm Beach Central 11-01-2013 photo
KC McDermott (52), of Palm Beach Central, and quarterback Kemar Downer (4), right, after defeating Park Vista at Palm Beach Central in Wellington, Fla., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Shane McDermott (2010) photo
Taylor Jones
020310 (Taylor Jones / The Palm Beach Post). WELLINGTON. Palm Beach Central High's Shane McDermott(cq), signs for Miami. National Signing Day at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington Wednesday. Students signing: Football: Shane McDermott(cq), Miami; and Peniel Jean(cq), Wisconsin; diving, Paige McCleary, Alabama; softball, Christina Robbs(cq), FAMU; and Ashley Hammond(cq), Palm Beach State College.
Tyler McDermott (2006) photo
Richard Graulich
Tyler McDermott initially didn't want to wear No. 52 at Palm Beach Central, but No. 54 was taken. From the time he first wore the number, he and his brothers Shane and Kc have worn the same jersey number at Palm Beach Central.

By Anthony Chiang

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

After an 0-10 season in 2003, Randy McDermott walked out of his oldest son’s football banquet, thinking about the future.

It was Palm Beach Central’s inaugural season and Tyler was the first McDermott to take the field for the Broncos. With two younger sons — Shane and Kc — still waiting to enter high school, Randy knew he probably had 10 more football banquets to attend.

“It seemed like an eternity at that point,” Randy said. “Looking back, it has gone by very quick.”

Fast forward to 2013, and Tyler is a graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame after a successful college career at Colorado State. Shane is the starting center for the Miami Hurricanes and Kc is verbally committed to UM, as he winds down his high school career.

One thing has been a constant throughout the history of Palm Beach Central football: At least one McDermott has started on the Broncos’ offensive line wearing the No. 52 since the school opened 11 years ago. The streak will be at 111 games when the Broncos host Palm Beach Gardens on Friday to close out the regular season.

“It holds a lot of meaning,” Kc McDermott said. “When you’re coming in as a freshman, you know you’re going to wear that jersey because your brothers wore it. It’s an absolute honor to uphold the legacy that the number held at our school.”

But that streak will end this season, as Kc is the youngest of the three McDermott brothers. Palm Beach Central has clinched a spot in the playoffs, so the streak will continue for at least two more games.

Once it does end, Palm Beach Central athletic director Ron Matella said the school will retire No. 52 to honor the McDermotts.

No. 52 was not the first choice for Tyler. Before the Broncos’ first Kickoff Classic in school history, he asked for No. 54 to honor former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas. But since Tyler was a freshman, he did not get his first choice and was left with 52.

While Tyler and Shane’s Central teams struggled in the early years of the program, Ks’s teams have gone 25-13 in four seasons.

“Kc had to play to a standard that Tyler and I worked really hard to establish,” Shane said. “We were all over Kc the year leading up to him coming to Central. We pushed him hard in his workouts because we wanted the streak to continue.”

But soon, the streak will end.

“It will be very emotional,” Randy said.

“I get chills thinking about it,” Kc said of the end of his high school career. “But it’s not going to be until the state championship game.”


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