Anthony Ferla played football beginning in the second grade, eventually working his way up to starting defensive back for his college team, the Temple University Owls. Named as captain his sophomore year, Ferla led the team to some notable successes, including its first bowl game in 30 years. Taking part in the EagleBank Bowl, Anthony Ferla played against UCLA at the famed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. During his senior year, he was part of the team’s first winning season in 19 years.
Putting his love of the game to work in his career, Anthony Ferla served as Assistant Coach with Temple University’s football staff. He worked primarily with defensive backs, developing weekly video tests, overseeing daily drills, and conducting statistical breakdowns of the Owls, as well as their opposition. He was also responsible for organizing scouting team activities.
Anthony Ferla began his sports career as an assistant physical therapist before college. Helping student-athletes recover from sports-related injuries, he worked with them to help them achieve their fullest recovery potential. A later position with K-Strength Sports Training found him helping prospective college athletes prepare for roles on their university teams. Through a combination of weight lifting, speed training, and drills, Anthony Ferla shared his own experience for the benefit of others.
Having lost a friend to leukemia, Anthony Ferla has devoted time and effort to the research, care, and treatment of the disease. In addition to participating in fund-raising walks, he aided an effort to screen individuals for bone marrow transplant compatibility, taking cheek swabs to determine eligibility. Other noteworthy contributions include helping the less fortunate through food pantry service, holiday turkey distribution, and gift collection. Anthony Ferla has spent the majority of his life in New Jersey and presently lives in Waldwick.