A native Akronite who prepped at Buchtel High School, Verdon went on to star at The University of Akron (1952-55) in football and track. However, it was in football that Verdon, an end, achieved the greater amount of success. One of his receptions was an 85 yarder from Marion Rossi in the 1953 Mt. Union game that still stands as the record in the Rubber Bowl. Yet, it was his senior campaign of 1954 that Verdon came into his own. He established two school records when he hauled down 30 passes for 458 yards to lead the Ohio Conference in pass receiving. For his effort he was selected first team All-OC and became the school's first bona fide All-American - earning honorable mention from the Associated Press.