Mark Kossick scored a TD in his first game for the Ephs at Colby
freshman year and he scored in his last game, a 19-13 win over
previously undefeated Amherst, in a classic that featured a 98-yard
drive in the final minutes to win. The Kossick highlight in Amherst
was a second half fingertip grab of a TD pass that was seen by many
and believed by few.
In between there were not many games that Kossick was kept out of the end zone, rushing for 32 TDs and catching 12 TD passes to become the Eph modern day scoring leader with 268 points. The total would have been over 300 if injuries did not prevent him from placekicking.
None of these 44 TDs feature in his favorite football moment at Williams. "My favorite football moment was scoring a 40-yard touchdown on my first ever college play in a scrimmage my freshman year," recalled Kossick.
"I remember it for two reasons: one, the coaches were talking about moving me to defense because I missed some of the preseason with an injury and I had one set of downs to stay on the offensive side of the ball. And two because my dad passed away six weeks before the season started and I wasn't sure I was even going to college."
It was Mark's dad, Robert M. Kossick, who strongly encouraged him to attend Williams.
"That touchdown meant the world to my mom, Sherry," noted Kossick. "She definitely cried."
"Funny thing is that on that play, Mike Bajakian who played for my high school nemesis, Bergen Catholic, threw me a five-yard out," said Kossick. "I caught the pass, turned my head to look up field and there was one defender to beat. Out of nowhere (and this is no coincidence), a purple flash came sweeping through my field of vision (tight end Brian Rooney) and took that defender off his feet. I broke to the outside and it became a foot race to the pylon. I was never extremely fast, but I had a higher power with me, and I dove at the five with the ball in one hand, smacked the pylon. I looked up at the ref and saw his two arms go upright and I knew the coaches would have to keep me on the offensive side of the ball at least one more week."
Mark Kossick '97
Kossick played for Hall of Fame Head Coach Dick Farley, long known for his biting "Farleyisms." As a four-year member of the team, Kossick heard a lot of Farleyisms over the years, but it was something else that the legendary coach said to him that meant a lot. "My favorite Farley moment was when he said to me that my dad would be proud of the way I play," stated Kossick. "That showed me he got it... the game of life."