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Enshrined in 1976 … graduated from Nyack H.S. in 1952 … enjoyed an eightyear career as a defensive back in the NFL … played with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys … made All-Pro with Dallas in 1964, his final season … he led the NFL in interceptions that year … at Syracuse University, to which he received a football scholarship, Ridlon began as an offensive end, catching six touchdown passes his sophomore year, including a Syracuse record of three in one game … in a game against Holy Cross, he scored three ways — pass reception, run and interception — also a school record … his junior year he earned All-East recognition as a halfback … his senior year he played halfback along with Al Cann, the onetime Nyack football coach, and Jim Brown, the future NFL Hall of Famer … in the Cotton Bowl his senior year, Ridlon set a record by punting for a 46-yard average, excelled defensively and carried for a five-yard average in Syracuse’s 28-27 loss to Texas Christian … he was a No.2 draft pick of the 49ers … at Nyack High, Ridlon was twice an All-County pick in football and once in basketball … he was a quarterback in Coach Rudy Rejholec’s single wing and the deep back when a shotgun formation was used … from 1965 to 1971 he was a defensive backfield coach at Syracuse and coached All-America players such as Tommy Meyers, Charlie Brown and Tony Kyasky … he became an art instructor at Syracuse in 1965 and became a full professor in the Syracuse University School of Visual Arts.