Peter Meehan, former president of and player with the College Point Enforcers, loved the beautiful game. (Photo courtesy of Flaco Meija)

By Michael Lewis Editor

Former New York Police Department sergeant and soccer player Peter Meehan has passed away.

He was 55.

Teammate Flaco Meija announced Meehan’s death on his Facebook page on April 5.

Meehan battled ALS and several 911-related health issues.

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The NYPD soccer team. (Photo courtesy of Flaco Meija)

In 2001, Meehan was a the president and an outside back of the College Point Enforcers, NYPD’s team in the Long Island Soccer Football League.

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of Pete ‘Big Daddy’ Meehan” Meija wrote on his Facebook page. “Pete succumbed to complications with ALS which he battled to the last minute. He was a warrior on and off the field. A Navy Vet, Pete was as kind as he was ferocious when called upon to crunch someone on the pitch. One of the original team O.G’s, Pete we will always hold you in our hearts and prayers. Love you brother🇺🇸👏💙💔🥺⚽️👮🏽‍♂️

Meehan also was a retired executive offer of the Navy Operational Support Center on Long Island and served with the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In 2001, Meehan was feature of a story written by this writer for about the NYPD coming back to play in the wake of 911 in November of that year. The police department had been enduring a tremendous amount of pressure and stress after the World Trade Center tragedy, and Meehan invited the opportunity to play again at the 911 New York Soccer Festival in Farmingdale, N.Y. a day after Thanksgiving that year.

“Anybody who loves soccer understands what it’s like to be on the field,” Meehan said at the time. “It’s a very good stress reliever. It was nice to be out there with all our friends.”

In 2018, Meehan was awarded the Steven McDonald “Forged by the Sea” award.

“I am very humble for receiving this award,” Meehan said at the time. “If you know Steven’s story and the life he led before and after he got shot, it’s an amazing story of resiliency. I’m very humbled and honored to have received this award.”

Here is a related story:

20 YEARS ON: PART II (Repost): What playing the beautiful game meant to the NYPD team after the 911 tragedy

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at