Kevin Siska was all set to play a wide receiver position for the Glens Falls Greenjackets in the summer of 2002.
The recent RPI graduate had been recruited for the Greenjackets when he arrived for practice. However, the team needed a quarterback, and Siska beat out the competition for the starting job.
For the next four years, Siska helped the Greenjackets to a 45-13-1 record, back-to-back Empire Football League titles in 2003-04, and appearances in three regional playoff tournaments.
Siska has been chosen to be inducted into the American Football Association Minor League Football Hall of Fame, which honors semipro players. The induction ceremony is set for June 22 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
“I’m here because of the people I was surrounded by,” said Siska, who now lives in Clifton Park with his wife and two young children. “It’s a testament to the teams the Greenjackets were able to put together. The offensive line, the backs and receivers — they made me look really good. We had a lot of fun.”
In 2003, Siska the Jackets won their first EFL title since 1976, and accomplished their first undefeated regular season in 2004. They went 14-2 overall and reached the finals of the Harvest Bowl tournament in both seasons.
“We had a tremendous team in those years,” said Siska, a native of Alden, near Buffalo, who also played at Hudson Valley Community College. “We used Tommy Mayer’s offense and I brought stuff from RPI and HVCC, and we simplified it, because we only had two practices a week.”
An accurate passer with great scrambling ability, Siska gathered many awards with the Jackets, including EFL Rookie of the Year, EFL offensive MVP in 2003-04, and was named team MVP each year he played. He was nominated by former Greenjackets general manager Jim Willig.
“He was one of the best guys who played for the team in all the years I was involved,” Willig said. “He was a great athlete and a tough kid. He never missed a practice or a game.”