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Joey Sunshine is back!

Joe Sidaras, the former All-Long Island quarterback from Floyd who went to Hofstra on a scholarship but declined to transfer after the university dropped football, has been awarded a full scholarship to Wagner and began classes at the Staten Island college this week.

Sidaras told me in a phone interview that he has grown to 6-4, 240, shaved his trademark long blonde hair that earned him his nickname based on the quarterback “Sunshine” in the movie “Remember the Titans,” and will play tight end for the Seahawks.

“I just want to be back on the field again. I don’t care what position,” said Sidaras, a two-time Newsday All-Long Island quarterback, who guided Floyd to a pair of 11-0 seasons and consecutive Long Island championships in 2006-2007. “I was a quarterback in high school but I never slid or ran out of bounds. I love scrapping. Tight end fits me well. I’m a big guy and I’m physical.”

Sidaras was red-shirted his first year at Hofstra then played only three games his second year because of injuries. He stayed at Hofstra this past fall, majoring in elementary education, and helped coach the junior varsity for North Shore High School in Glen Head. Observing the enthusiasm of the kids he was coaching made Sidaras realize how much missed playing. Once he let that be known that he wanted to play again, schools that had recruited him out of high school began showing interest, and he narrowed his choices to Pace University and Wagner.

A full story on Sidaras will appear in Newsday’s sports section this Sunday. Please check it out. 

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