Ted Wallingford, who led Honesdale's football team to a pair of play-off appearances before going on to star at Ursinus, was killed in a car crash early Friday morning. Ted spent the last several years playing semi-pro ball for the Scranton Eagles and the Electric City Chargers.

Former Honesdale High School football star Ted Wallingford died in a tragic car accident early Friday morning on the Owego Turnpike.

He was just 25.

I first got to know Teddy as the Hornets’ tall, gangly young quarterback. When he first burst upon the scene as Coach Gene Biscontini’s signal caller, Wallingford was shy almost to a fault.

As any football player will attest, a quarterback can’t be shy & quiet. He needs a forceful personality to control a huddle and direct an offense effectively.

By the time Teddy reached his junior season, he’d matured into an outstanding leader.

At 6’5” and 220 pounds, Wallingford towered over most opponents. He possessed a cannon arm and could dissect enemy defenses with the best of ‘em.

After leading the Hornets to a pair of post season appearances, Teddy moved on to Ursinus College. There, he won the starting job and led the Bears to a winning record.

Wallingford wasn’t prepared to hang up his cleats after college. In fact, he moved on to the Empire Football League and a gig with the Scranton Eagles.

The Eagles are the most successful franchise in minor league football history, having won a total of three National Championships.

Wallingford once again took advantage of a golden opportunity. Teddy debuted as the Eagles’ starting quarterback in ‘07 and never looked back. He was honored as a First Team All-EFL player after his rookie season.

When the Eagles went on hiatus due to financial difficulties, Teddy jumped to the Colonial Football Association’s Electric City Chargers where he once again enjoyed instant success.

Ted Wallingford was a quiet, soft-spoken young man. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for many years now and always found him to be thoughtful and modest.

His death at the age of 25 is a tragedy. Teddy will be greatly missed here in Wayne County...and not just for his talent as a football player.

TWI Sports extends heartfelt condolences to Teddy’s family and friends.